The first batch of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation composed of 45 athletes and officials will be leaving for Gwangju, South Korea to compete in the 2015 Summer World University Games slated on July 3 to 14.
Former Senator Nikki Coseteng, PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa head the list along with coaches Sonia Baltazar, Ive Sta. Ana, Edwin Valdez, Guia Llaguno, Alexandre Papa, Rensy Bajar, Allan Soria and Marlon Dula.
Coseteng will be the country’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies to be held at the state-of-the-art Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium.
“We are not expecting to win medals here but we want our swimmers experience this once in a lifetime activity. We encourage them to observe and learn from this experience, get new techniques, share the Filipino culture with their foreign counterparts,” said Papa.
Joining them are Arianne Alcantara, Maricris Aldanese, Jackelyn Calvadores, Pia Cardinal,
Eleana Casidsid, Rochelle Dimalanta, Loren Dale Echavez, Rona Homma, Jie Isanan, Jamie Laforteza, Rhea Llantino, Sugar Occeno, Julian Pupos, Joy Rodgers, Stephanie Sablan, Glenna Venerable, Genevieve Zamora, Mico Abina, Jifrey Azor, Louie Cesdoiro, Ra¬mon De Marcaida, Jason Difun¬torum, Gabriel Encarnacion, Alfred Galano, Cynthjhune Goden, Casy Gumabong, Ronald Homma, Jan Vincent Llaguno, Anjoe Loberanes, Keith Ocampo, Chrysser Palomado, Marvin Paralisan, Joshua Sevilla, Marjon Tito and Lister Tungala.
“It’s one way of molding our swimmers. We are exposing them in high-level competitions to motivate and inspire them to become a better swimmer in the future. We also want our upcoming swimmers to realize that there’s a World University Games that they can look up to,” added Papa.
Besides swimming, the Philippines will also participate in tae kwon do (10), badminton (8), athletics (7), table tennis (7), tennis (7), golf (4) and judo (2).
The World University Games also known as the Universiade is the second largest multi-sporting event in the world—next to the Olympic Games.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps and Matt Biondi competed in the previous editions of the Universiade along with American basketball stars Larry Bird and Charles Barkley and trackster Michael Johnson.