Since Joseph Schooling arrived back in Singapore early Monday morning, it has been a whirlwind of activities for the Olympic champion. And to cap off his exhaustive schedule, Joseph ended his homecoming with a victory parade where thousands thronged the streets to show their support. Here's a lowdown on what went on at the Team Singapore Victory Parade!
Commencing at the Singapore Sports Hub, the 21-year-old travelled around on an open-top bus as he was greeted by students at several schools along the stretches of Old Airport and Tanjong Katong Road.
Pit Stop 1: Marine Terrace Market
The bus made its first pit stop at Marine Terrace Market, where he visited his favourite carrot cake stall, Bee Bee Carrot Cake, to grab a quick bite and his must-have milo dinosaur. Along the route, thousands lined up along the road to show their support, waving national flags and chanting Schooling's name.
Supporters include the children of Marine Parade Kinderland, who created a photo montage to express their admiration and appreciation for Singapore’s first Olympic Gold medallist.
Pit Stop 2: Singtel Comcentre
The bus made its way to Singtel Comcentre Plaza for its next stop, where SNOC sponsor Singtel presented Joseph with a token of appreciation for his hard work. Joseph also greeted fans and sprung a surprise visit on the customers at the Comcentre shop before heading to his final stop at Raffles City Shopping Centre.
Pit Stop 3: Raffles City Shopping Centre
The swimming ace was met by Ministers Tan Chuan-Jin and Grace Fu as well as a large crowd of supporters who started queuing since 8 A.M. in hopes of being the lucky 150 fans to receive a signed poster of Joseph. Together with his parents and national swimming head coach Sergio Lopez, the crowd watched a replay of his Olympic record-breaking 100-metre Butterfly Final.
The parade marked the swimmer's final public appearance before he headed back to the United States on Friday morning to resume his studies and training at the University of Texas.
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