Ma. Claire Adorna: Product of PSL grassroots development program

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Ma. Claire Adorna, is a proud product of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) grassroots development program.

Adorna is the first recipient of the PSL’s Female Swimmer of the Year plum during the organization’s annual awards night in 2013.

She competed against Loren Dale Echavez and Patricia Yam during her younger years.

Adorna is now a triathlete actively participating in international competitions as a member of the national team.

Echavez is now a full pledged pilot while Yam is currently in the US finishing college.

Adorna, through the PSL, was exposed to several international competitions in Fuzhou, Fujian and Shenzhen, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Kazan, Russia.

She still competes in PSL monthly competitions.

During the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, Adorna bagged the country’s first gold medal in women’s triathlon, and she made the PSL proud.

Adorna expressed her gratitude to PSL for honing her into a fine athlete. Young PSL swimmers are now idolizing her.

I remember Adorna—confident and determined to win—inviting me to watch her race in SEA Games. Alas! She ruled the race indeed.

Adorna is part of the battle to democratize Philippine swimming.

There is so much politics in Philippine swimming and it is evident in the fact that the Philippine Swimming Inc. (formerly PASA), the country’s national sports association for swimming under the Philippine Olympic Committee, is an exclusive organization.

Adorna was barred from competing in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 2013 because she participated in the Summer World University Games in Kazan Russia under the banner of Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP).

But she bravely fought for her rights with the support of her parents, Senator Nikki Coseteng and the PSL.

With a grateful attitude and fighting spirit, she was allowed to compete in the UAAP after securing a temporary restraining order.

After her UAAP years, she went to PSL’s training facility in Alabang to further polish her skills.

Despite the many injuries she sustained in competition, she did not relent on perfecting her prowess as an athlete.

There is a saying, “You can never put a good man down.” It is true in Adorna’s case. Because she prays a lot, she is with God Almighty.

Adorna, now a professional triathlon athlete, is currently training under coach Sergio Santos in Portugal—the country where she trained before she competed in the SEA Games.

In a recent tuneup competition in Portugal—the Trialo De Montemor-o-Velho 2016—she finished first in category 23-under, and second overall with a time of 1:04.50.

Adorna is ready to compete in the 5-kilometer and 10k events in the Asian Beach Games this month in Vietnam. She wants to extend her gratitude to TRAP President Tom Carasco and Active Health for supporting her endeavors.

There you go, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, and other sponsors—you have an athlete by the name of Ma. Claire Adorna.

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