Today is a very special day for Singapore and the sporting fraternity, historically setting a new mark in sporting excellence. Joseph Schooling not only won the hearts of Singaporeans, but he managed to set and chart the future of sport THAT it is not impossible to win an Olympic GOLD let alone a new Olympic RECORD. He has became the greatest athlete of all time in Singapore with this feat and we witnessed it in our lifetime. What does this mean for Singapore?
It sets a new direction!
Singapore is definitely the country that regards the Olympic medals with such a high regard as it is so rare to have someone on the podium, now there is a GOLD medallist. The Olympics is the highest major game in the world and in sports like swimming or track and field, this is the pinnacle of all competitions. It validates that a certain system works, a support structure, it provides the opportunity for more resources to be pumped in, now for sport, more so for other areas like the performing arts etc. The opportune time is now and if it’s not the time to seize this moment to support and reproduce Singapore Swimming’s system in other National Sporting Associations, when will be the next time be?
It means a spurred continuation!
Sport is a great medium to bring people together, based on the news alone, TODAY, everything is built not just upon the success of Schooling’s swim, but also on the journey he has undertaken and the success of the process which includes people that have mattered. His family, friends, school, alumni, people that he met through his swimming career and the many supporters that were there to cheer him at every single juncture. People in Singapore and around the world will be reminiscing the day that Singapore had its first GOLD medal and the memories and newsfeed flashbacks will naturally be sticky in everyone’s mind for a long time. This is just the beginning of greatness with a feat like today in the history books.
It gives rise to more champions in the running!
Joseph set ablaze so many dreams that are roaring right now, there are many who would want to emulate to be like Joseph and not only for swimmers but for aspiring young talents that are looking to pursue their passion in sport further. As a sportsman, I always yearn for someone to look up to, there is always an idol that we have followed since young and Schooling is the role model and idol in many hearts, young and old. I would not be surprised to see more sign ups in swimming clubs and the focus to develop these skills for the next generation of swimmers and athletes. This is a very positive sign for Singapore sports and I am so proud for this day and my heartfelt congratulations to Joseph Schooling and Singapore Swimming for pathing the way for the rest to follow suit!
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