"In 2008, when the Singapore Swimming Association shut down its Centre of Excellence (COE), Colin was convinced by ex-COE coach Jack Simon that the US was where Joseph's Olympic dream lay.
The Schoolings, who had to bear his school fees, expenses, transport and accommodation costs, took a leap of faith in 2009 and sent their only child abroad.
Colin, a 66-year-old businessman, estimates spending nearly US$1 million (S$1.26 million) on Joseph. That apart, there is also the heart-wrenching reality of being separated from their boy, only 14 at the time.
On average, the trio are together for only about three weeks a year.
Said May, a tennis player for Perak state: "At first, I didn't want him to go. But he told me 'Mum, if I am to get an Olympic gold medal, I have to go'.
"Grudgingly, I let him go but it was a painful decision."
Added Colin, a hurdler and water polo player who represented Singapore in softball: "Our ties are strong, we did this as a team because we love our son so much."
~ Chua Siang Yee, The Sunday Times, 28 Sep 2014.
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