CAPE TOWN, South Africa: The 16-member Philippine delegation got a warm reception from the Filipino community and the organizers of the 2014 Wes- tern Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala.
The PSL officials headed by Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa and delegation head former Senator Nikki Coseteng, along with the eight swimmers and three parents arrived in this beautiful city with much fanfare.
Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Cape Town Ste- ven David Chaimowitz, UWC Executive Member for Marketing and Public Relations Sandra Reynolds, Filipino Community in Cape Town President Mario Desamprado, Filipino-Taiwanese Angeline Hsu and Charles Hsu warmly welcomed the contingent at the airport before proceeding to a sumptuous dinner hosted by the Fili- pino Community.
“We’re amazed by the warm welcome of Consul Chaimo–witz, Ms. Reynolds and the Filipino community here. The support we’re getting here will inspire and motivate us even more to perform well in this competition,” said Papa.
The other members of the delegation are swimmers Denjylie Cordero, Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, McTracy John Alindogan, John Carlo Dora–gos, Portia Doragos, Kyla So–guilon, Jifrey Azor and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, and supportive parents Catherine Lorbes, Vicky Soguilon and Joan Melissa Mojdeh.“We’re here to help them fulfill their dreams, to become one of the world’s best swimmers. It’s a long process but we’ll get there. Just to be here in this beautiful place, the swimmers are already winners,” said Coseteng.
The tournament is scheduled on February 8 to 10 at the University of Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center.
For starters, Cape Town is in the Western Cape of South Africa. It has some four million residents with different racial makeup. Cape Town Also owns the Table Mountain—one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
The PSL, on the other hand, concentrates on talent identification in grassroots level with its fresh approach and strong tie up with local chapters in different regions in the country. It is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines (Fessap) and the longest grassroots development program in the Philippines.
The team is supported by Diliman Preparatory School, Qatar Airways, Unlitravel Online Inc. and Aqua Sphere.