For your information Mr. Quinito Henson, we have three swimmers who were Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) awardees.
Kyla Soguilon, 11, from Aklan was the 2014 and 2015 PSA-Milo Female Junior Most Outstanding Athlete and also the recipient of the Tony Siddayao award in 2014.
In the recent Palarong Pambansa, she was declared the Most Outstanding Swimmer in girls’ elementary division.
Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, 10, and Sean Terence Zamora, 15, were also Tony Siddayao awardees.
During the Singapore Swimming Championship, Zamora surpassed all the meet’s records established by Schooling, the Singaporean who beat Michael Phelps and won the gold medal in 100m butterfly during the recently concluded Rio Olympics.
PSL sent Zamora for a one-month training in Perth, Australia in June 2016, without any help from the government.
Jerard Dominic Jacinto, a Philippine Swimming League (PSL) swimmer since eight, is now the current national junior record holder in 50m backstroke, at the age of 14. We also have Joy Rodgers from University of the Philippines who started swimming with PSL and now the Philippine record holder in 50m breaststroke.
Not to be forgotten is our very own Ma. Claire Adorna, a product of PSL’s grassroots development program, who won the very first women’s triathlon gold medal for our country in the Singapore SEA Games.
Joan Mojdeh who learned of the incident at the Philippine Sports Commission meeting has a word for Mr. Henson: “Henson is in violation of Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct of the Philippine Press. PSL has more than 200 teams participating in its monthly competitions all over the Philippines consisting of minors with ages 5 years old and above. How dare you call us and our children renegade group! We are all part of PSL.
Mr. Henson, mind your own business, we are not asking for your help and we are NOT definitely in the wrong side of the fence as we are the ones on the right side of the fence. We are righteous and definitely with integrity. Jasmine started swimming only at the age of six and she is now 10. My daughter, Jasmine has been to South Africa, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore.
Who among 10 years old has this accomplishment?
It is the journey that matters to us, we gave Jasmine to the PSL at the starting line, no matter where Jasmine ends, she will always remain in the PSL.
How can there be unity if a procedure is exclusive to Philippine Olympic Committee members?
When our children play sports, the PSL community already wins. The PSL secures our swimmers’ posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace.”