Recently revealed as the face of the new Milo Gao Siew Dai, we had the opportunity to sit down with Joseph Schooling and his mother, May as they joined us all the way from Texas, chatting about Joseph’s love for Milo, and his preparations for the upcoming FINA World Championships and the SEA Games.
It’s a pretty safe bet to say that everyone in Singapore grew up drinking Milo, so we think it was only apt that our resident golden boy, Joseph Schooling – who hasn’t shied away from declaring his love for the drink in the past (Milo dinosaur anyone?) – was introduced as Milo’s brand ambassador for the brand’s newest product, Milo Gao Siew Dai.
He said of the ambassadorship, “As a child, I grew up drinking Milo. Today, it remains relevant in my life as an adult and the beverage provides me with the energy and nutrients I need to take on the day’s challenges, be it at training or in life. Whatever you put in your body is whatever you get out of it. The new Milo Gao Siew Dai is 50% less sugar and 30% more protein and you know that’s a great balance – you’re getting a great tasting drink with better nutritional benefits for yourself, and that’s a win in my books.”
But while Milo is not as big of a drink in the States as it is here in Singapore, Joseph has actually never met anyone there who didn’t like the drink, cheekily adding “honestly, if they don’t like it, I don’t like them either so I’m sorry (laughs). But yeah, I was kinda shocked as I didn’t know how they would feel towards it, but everyone I introduce Milo to in the US loves it, so it’s well received and it’s amazing.”
And even though Milo is readily available in the US, the swimmer still prefers the ones from back home. “Mum and Dad used to bring Milo by the packets, maybe six or seven packets each trip, every time they come over. And the one before the Gao Siew Dai was the Milo Iced, so you could just put cold fresh milk in it – that’s my favourite. Oh my gosh, if you top it off with more Milo, like a “Milo Dinosaur with milk”, that’s the easiest way to my heart, honestly it’s amazing.” (girls, ya’ll listening?)
With the upcoming FINA World Championships happening between 23 – 30 July 2017, the Olympic champion has made no secret of his intention to break the World Record there, and as far as preparations go, he’s ready for what’s about to come. “I’m excited to post a time officially and my goal is to have the fastest time going into Worlds (he went 48.74sec in the 100m Free event and 50.96sec in the 100m Fly event at the recent Speedo Southern Zone Long Course Sectional Championships) – I think that’s gonna send a message to everyone. I feel confident about it, I’m excited, and I just want it to be here already.”
As for the upcoming SEA Games at Kuala Lumpur next month where he’ll swim in six events, Joseph is raring and ready to go. “Like I’ve said time and time again, my goal is to win, break records and help Team Singapore as best as I can. And with how I’ve been training over the past few months, I’m happy and confident to say that I’m gonna do that. I’m gonna hit my goals, I’m gonna hit my targets. I’m ready as I’ll ever be and I’m ready to fight – and fight well.”
Feature image credit: Today Online
All the best for your upcoming events at the 17th FINA World Championships and the 2017 SEA Games, Joseph! We’ll be cheering for you from back home!