Swimming: Olympic champ Joseph Schooling to launch book of previously unseen photos

SINGAPORE - Fans of Singapore's first Olympic champion Joseph Schooling will get to see previously unpublished photos of the swimmer in a new photo book.

Titled Hello, My Name Is Joseph Schooling, the 96-page book contains 60 previously unseen photos and is expected to hit major bookstores late next week.

The book is a project by the Schoolings, including parents Colin and May, and aims to present a never-before-seen side of Joseph's Olympic journey. The pictures were taken by experienced photojournalists Alvin Toh and Tay Kay Chin.

There will be a book signing in November.

In a Facebook post, Joseph, the Olympic 100m butterfly champion, wrote: "A big part of being an athlete means accepting the fact that I will always be scrutinised, in and out of the pool. Having a photographer tailing me for an extended period of time is something I am still trying to get used to, but I believe and hope that these previously unseen images of me, and of the people dear to me, will bring all of us closer together.

"Hard as it sounds, I'm trying to put my victory in Rio 2016 in perspective and behind me. Winning my first Olympic gold was very difficult but to win my next one will be even more challenging. The only thing I can do is to train even harder and hope that you will always be there for me."

May said: "We hope to show a side of Joseph that people don't usually see. Alvin and Kay Chin followed him everywhere and were able to capture that. It's also another way for Joseph to connect with fans, given that he's not in Singapore.

"There's a surprise at the end of the book for kids and we hope it will inspire them."