The second batch of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team composed of seven young swimmers will be leaving today (Wednesday) to compete in the prestigious 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge.
Male Swimmer of the Year Sean Terence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas and Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School will be leading the Perth-bound tankers.
Joining them are 2013 Rookie of the Year awardee Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Stephen Guzman, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Paul Christian Cusing.
Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year and Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon and 2014 Rookie of the Year Martin Jacob Pupos and Julian Pupos are already in Perth along with PSL President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa and Vicky Soguilon.
The first batch of the Philippine delegation got a warm reception from Filipino Australian Club Inc. Founder and Vice President Vicki Wotherspoon, President Jessie Cajustin and International Advocacy Film Director Dave Cecilio.
“We would like to thank the Filipino community here in Perth especially Ms. Wotherspoon, Mr. Cajustin and Mr. Cecilio for their full support. We’re happy that there are lots of Filipinos here in Australia with good hearts who are willing to share their blessings to us,” said Papa.
“Our swimmers will be extra motivated seeing the support of the Filipino community here. We’re looking forward to a great campaign and hopefully bring lots of medals again just like what we did last year,” she added.
Last year, the PSL bagged a total of 50 medals on 34 golds, six silvers and 10 bronzes.
Zamora won eight individual gold medals – 50-meter free, 100m free, 100m back, 50m breast, 100m breast, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley – and three golds in team events.
He was declared as the Most Outstanding Swimmers in his age group.
“We want to expose them in international competitions to gauge their skills because these kids are the future of Philippine swimming. We are here to support them to become champions,” stressed Papa.
The PSL is fresh from 14-gold showing in the 2015 Phuket International Swimming Championship held at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Center in Thailand with Soguilon and Aubrey Tom winning seven golds each.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines —an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).