Five years ago, we all watched TV as Joseph took to the starting blocks for the 100m butterfly in Rio. As we all know he was up against the heavyweights of Phelps, Le Clos, and Laszlo Cheh. Years of hard work, sacrifice, and a great deal of personal financial expense had brought Joseph to that moment. With the whole country was watching, waiting, and anticipating, a lesser person may have crumbled.
It's needless to say we were all thrilled beyond belief and I finished my shower and watched the race when it was replayed. My parents have known the Schoolings for years. They are very nice people. The journey to Olympic gold was not an easy one but they never wavered. I have to say Joseph is the definition of grace under pressure, class, and dignity; qualities that were no doubt instilled in him by his parents, Colin and May.