Filipina ‘auntie’ proud of Schooling’s achievement

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 Joseph Schooling AFP PHOTO

Joseph Schooling
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A Filipina nanny has been a ‘second mother’ to Singaporean Rio Olympic swimming gold medalist Joseph Schooling since 1997.

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Yolanda Pascual or Auntie Yolly served the Schooling family for many years as a domestic helper. She never doubted Schooling’s talent.

“He never quite had a normal childhood – a sacrifice he made to get into the record books,” Pascual told The Straight Times.

Pascual acted as Schooling’s guardian during his early years in swimming.

“When I miss him, I read our messages (on the phone). He’s like my own son,” she added.

Pascual, 56, said Schooling is a dedicated and well-disciplined athlete, who made a lot of sacrifices just to get the biggest achievement in his whole life – Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal which he captured during the men’s 100-meter butterfly competition last week.

“When friends asked (him) to go out, he usually couldn’t because he had practice early the next day,” added Pascual, a mother of two daughters.

“He told me when he was very tired, I’d give him a massage. Even now, when he comes back, he still asks for massages and he’s still like the young boy he was before he left.”

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