Macaraig vies for honors in 87th PSL National Series Swimmers from as far as Canada and Great Britain have confirmed participation in the 87th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series dubbed as the 8th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championship scheduled on December 5 to 6 at the Diliman College swimming pool in Quezon City.
One of them is promising tanker Angelo Macaraig, who was raised in Canada by his parents Edgar and Criselyn – both pure Filipinos. He started swimming at the age of six.
A fast learner, he finished all 10 swimming lessons in span of three years. “All of his swimming instructors were all amazed on the way he took the lessons that fast. They told me the average age of a kid to finish all swim kids lessons is at least 12 years. For him, he only did it in three,” Edgar narrated.
“As far as I know, he only failed twice but inspite of that he managed to impress most of his instructors. Back in 2013, after completing the lessons, I was thinking what will be next for him. I don’t want him to stop on what he started. What I did was I looked for a club that will fit for him,” he added.
Angelo joined the Port Coquitlam Marlins Swimming Club after passing the evaluation. “At first, he was hesitant to join but, because of my motivation, he gradually adjusted to be part of the club. I remember he gave me a condition that there is no competition for him just a continuous swimming practice,” said Edgar.
Since then, Angelo embraced the true meaning of a champion swimmer. Competitions everywhere – from regular season to provincial championships in Victoria. He was part of the team that won the 200-meter freestyle relay.
“Every week of competition, he improved his personal best time in all events. When they won the relay gold, Angelo was the youngest member. He was the only 10 then and his teammates are all 12. It was first in two years to be part of the provincial team,” added Edgar.
Through intensive trainings and exposures, Angelo hopes to improve his personal best in individual events as he aims to represent the country in future international tournaments. “His goal next year is to be in the individual events and make his own name,” ended Edgar.
The Coseteng Swim Meet will serve as qualifying for the prestigious 2017 Summer World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan as well as major international tournaments the PSL has lined up next year including the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, the Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand, the Japan Spring Swimming Championship and the Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Meet.
PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).