IT IS Thanksgiving week in the United States. But while his friends indulge in the usual feast of turkey and cranberry sauce, all Joseph Schooling can think of is the SEA Games.
More specifically, his entrance to the exclusive six-gold club, of which only three other local male swimmers can claim membership to, is on his mind.
A double-gold medallist at his SEA Games debut two years ago in Palembang, the US-based swimmer is looking to go six for six at the Dec 11-22 Myanmar Games.
"I'm feeling good and confident," said the 18-year-old schoolboy, in a phone call from Florida.
"Six golds is the target. I've always wanted to set a high target for myself at the SEA Games and I want to make that six golds a reality."
At the Wunna Theikdi pool in Napyidaw, he will compete in the 100m and 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, and three relays (4x100m and 4x200m free, 4x100m medley).
His personal best timings in all three individual events are faster than the winning results of the previous Games in 2011.
Should he achieve his six-gold target, he will match the efforts of Tan Thuan Heng (1967), Alex Chan (1969) and David Lim (1985).
Lim, who will be Team Singapore's head coach in Myanmar, has no doubt that Joseph has the ability to pull off the feat.
He said: "He has always been a fierce competitor and a perfectionist.
"When he sets his mind on something, you can be sure he will go all out to achieve it."