The Manila Times and Philippine Swimming League (PSL) are teaming up to promote swimming among youth.
Signed on Thursday with President and CEO of The Manila Times Dante Ang 2nd and PSL President Susan Papa and PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa.
PSL chooses to partner with The Manila Times for both parties share the same advocacy to the development of the youth.
“The main reason why we want to build and develop the swimming is ‘yung disiplina ng bata. Pangalawa, it helps also the state for a healthy citizenry. And also, it helps the poverty. Why is it helping poverty? Because even if you are poor if you become an athlete you can go to school for free,” PSL President Susan Papa said.
PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa believes that building the character will lead you to your destiny.
“Ang mga batang ‘yan kapag nag-build up na ng character they are the future leaders. Therefore, they are the light. We want to develop these kids as early as possible dahil ito ang magiging heroes natin sa sports pagdating ng panahon,” Benasa stressed.
As part of the MOA, Papa will write a column on the Sports Section of The Manila Times, not just about swimming but also in other sports.
PSL has been active in promoting swimming nationwide in an effort to discover fresh talents for future international competitions.
The association is now on it’s 83rd edition of the PSL National Series being held in different regions as Papa wants to open the door to young talented swimmers from rural areas.
“Pinupuntahan namin ‘yung mga iba’t ibang lugar dahil gusto namin silang bigyan ng chance na katawanin ang bansa sa international competitions. We need to double our efforts to get in touch with these swimmers from different regions,” narrated Papa.
This year alone, PSL has already staged tournaments in Aklan, Antique, Davao, Bicol and other parts of the country to select swimmers for major international competitions including the prestigious 2017 Summer World University Games to be held in Taipei, Taiwan.
“Ang focus namin mas malalaking tournaments. Hindi Southeast Asian Games or Asian Games. Doon kami sa world-class events like the World University Games or Universiade. All student-athletes are welcome to join our National Series to qualify for Universiade,” said Papa.
In the 2015 edition held in Gwangju, South Korea in July, PSL sent 45 blessed swimmers.
“And in 2017, we want to send more blessed swimmers. We want them to experience a one in a lifetime opportunity to be competing in an Olympic-styled tournaments. That’s why we’re not getting tired of going to different places,” Papa added.
Besides the Universiade, PSL also competed and won numerous gold medals in Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore this year.
They got 62 medals (41 golds, 13 silvers and eight bronzes) in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge in Perth, Australia; 14 gold medals in the 2015 Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand; nine golds, nine silvers and two bronzes in 2015 Hong Kong Stingrays Swimming Championship; and 117 medals (36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes) in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championships.
“We’re not stopping there. We still have a lot of local and international competitions lined up. And we are thankful that The Manila Times continues to support us in our endeavors. We are looking forward to working with this well-respected institution,” ended Papa.
PSL is the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines (FESSAP) and an affiliated member of the Federation International Sports University (FISU).