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Olympic champion Joseph Schooling to hold book signings to raise funds for ST School Pocket Money Fund

SINGAPORE, 11 November 2016 - Olympic champion Joseph Schooling, 21, will hold two book signings in Singapore in November to help raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF), which provides financial assistance to children from poor homes.

He will sign two books about him, published by Straits Times Press, which are authorised biographies and carry personalised, inspirational messages from Mr Schooling.  

The first, From Kid To King, available in bookshops now, is a 40-page book for children aged three to eight. Penned by The Straits Times News Editor Marc Lim and illustrated by freelance artist Darel Seow, it uses colourful drawings to depict Mr Schooling’s early love affair with the water, how he imagined sharks chasing him to motivate himself to swim faster, how he handled losing and homesickness, and his eventual victory in Rio. It also has activity pages at the end for kids to sketch out the contours of their own dreams, the obstacles that stand in their way and how they might overcome them. It retails for $16 (including GST). 

Mr Lim, who was formerly the paper’s Sports Editor and has a two-year-old son, says: "Joseph's Olympic journey is relatable to so many of us because it all started with a dream. At some point in our lives, we all dreamt of what we'd want to be when we grow up. I hope this book will help set kids, including my son, on that path of self-discovery to realise their dreams, as Joseph did.” 

Ms Susan Long, General Manager of the book’s publisher Straits Times Press, says: “This book has a powerful message. It encourages kids to dream big, keep at it and bounce back from set-backs.”

The second book, titled Schooling Joseph, is for adult fan collectors and was written by veteran sports journalists Rohit Brijnath and Chan U-Gene, who drew from over a decade of Singapore Press Holdings' (SPH) sports coverage of Schooling. The 148-page book, available in bookshops from Nov 12 at $27.82 (including GST), chronicles Schooling’s journey from water baby to competitive swimming at five, and the intense training, discipline and family sacrifices that paved his road to Rio, where he claimed the 100m butterfly gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

It also features intimate family photos, released to the public for the first time, of Schooling as a toddler, as well as lovingly-written notes Joseph's mother, May Schooling, penned to motivate her son before major competitions.

These photos were curated by The Straits Times Picture Desk editor Stephanie Yeow from SPH archives, as well as the Schooling family’s private photo album. 

Both books received an enthusiastic response from bookshops, with over 5,000 orders per title from the trade pre-publication. 

Mr Schooling will sign 20 copies of limited-edition, hardcover copies of Schooling Joseph, at SPH's News Centre in Toa Payoh North on 21 Nov. The books have all been pre-sold, raising $26,000 for STSPMF.

At the 21 Nov book launch, Mr Schooling will read From Kid to King to a group of STSPMF beneficiaries, and also sign some books for those who buy them at the event from 1pm to 3pm. Straits Times Press will donate 20 per cent of all book sale proceeds to STSPMF. 

Says Mr Schooling: “I really wanted to share my story because, more than anything, I want people to know that anyone can achieve great things as long as they set their minds on it and give it their absolute best. Because I’m just like everyone else - a Singaporean boy with a big dream. I hope my story can inspire readers. This is also my way of saying thanks to everyone who has stood by me all these years.

“I’m grateful to have been able to this with ST Press, which has produced great books on our founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. It’s awesome that some proceeds will go to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, a charity that I've supported before.”

From Kid To King retails for $16 (including GST) and is now available at all leading bookstores. Schooling Joseph costs $27.82 (including GST) and will be available from 12 November in leading bookstores.   


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About The Straits Times

The Straits Times, the English-language flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings, is the most-read newspaper in Singapore and is followed widely in the region for its comprehensive coverage of local, regional and world news, provided by its correspondents in 20 bureaus in major cities worldwide. 

Launched on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times underwent a major redesign across all platforms in July 2015, when it celebrated its 170th anniversary. This revamp is part of its continuing efforts to refresh its products, maintain quality and stay relevant to the changing needs of its readers. Its integrated newsroom operates round-the-clock, providing readers with news as it happens on all platforms, from its website at, Apple and Android apps to social media. 

The Straits Times is a member of three regional and global networks - Asia News Network, the Climate Publishers Network and the Impact Journalism Day alliance of newspapers - and it has won multiple international media awards, including from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa), Society of News Design and Wan-Ifra. The paper's school outreach initiatives have won regular top awards, which included the 2015 World Young Reader Prize given by Wan-Ifra, and Best Young Reader programme award by Panpa. 

About Straits Times Press (STP)

Straits Times Press is a publishing house with more than 100 years of combined international publishing experience as a team. The team has won international and regional prizes for excellence in editorial, design and publishing.

Straits Times Press publishes History, Biographies/Memoirs, Politics, Culture, Food and Lifestyle books. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

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About The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) started in 2000 as a community project initiated by The Straits Times that provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. STSPMF was established as a Trust on 20 October 2010 and received charity status on 14 November 2011 with Institution of A Public Character (IPC) status effective from 1 January 2012. It is governed by a Board of Trustees. Since the project inception in 2000, STSPMF has helped close to 130,000 cases of children and youth from low-income families, between the ages of 7 to 21 years. Funds raised go towards school pocket money disbursements and support of the social and educational development of the children and youth. For more information, please visit