KALIBO, Aklan: More than 200 swimmers from different parts of the country will plunge into action in the 56th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as the 1st Cong. Ted Haresco Jr. Swimming Cup beginning today at the Aklan Sports Complex.
PSL President Susan Papa announced that Alfredo Mascardo of the Philippine Sports Commission Engineering Department will head the PSL technical committee.
Besides the PSC, the PSL is also working hand in hand with the Department of Education and the local government unit of Aklan to ensure the successful staging of this edition.
A total of 500 medals are up for grabs in the two-day meet hosted by the province of Akalan in line with the celebration of its foundation day. It will serve as tryout for international competition in Singapore scheduled in July and the prestigious 2015 Summer World Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea.
“This event is open to all young and aspiring swimmers who want to be part of the PSL team competing in different international tournaments. We are looking forward to discover more fresh talents,” said Papa.
The PSL is coming off an impressive showing in the 2014 Australia Swimming Championship-All Stars Swimming Challenge held in Perth. The nine-member Philippine squad bagged a total of 21 gold medals highlighted by Sean Terence Zamora’s 11-gold exploits.
“Our main objective is to identify talents and send them in international competitions. We want them to experience this opportunity to represent our and bring honors to our country,” added Papa.
Aklan Swimming Club will be bannered by veteran internationalists Kyla Soguilon and Michael Lozada. Soguilon was a gold medallist in Singapore and South Africa while Lozada also made an impact in Singapore and Thailand tournaments.
Also seeing action are swimmers from Red Cross-Malay Chapter Boracay as well as teams from Bicol, Cavite, Laguna, Iloilo, Pampanga, Isabela, Pasay, Paranaque, Navotas, Novaliches, Quezon City, Davao, Capiz and Ormoc.
Individual awards will be given to the top swimmers while trophies will be awarded to the most outstanding swimmers and teams.
PSL having the longest grassroots program in sport is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines—an affiliate to Federation International Sports University. \