The search for promising local tankers continues as Philippine Swimming League (PSL) stages its 120th National Series titled Motivational and Novice Swimming Championships on August 6 at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
PSL aims to discover fresh young talents for future international competitions including the SICC Invitational Swimming Championship in Singapore – the same tournament where Rio Olympics gold medalist Joseph Schooling competed during his age-group days.
More than 500 tankers from Cavite, Zambales, Parañaque, Pampanga, Quezon, Cavite, Bicol, Quezon City, Manila, Marikina and Baguio as well as those from the Visayas and Mindanao regions have already confirmed participation.
“This motivational program of the PSL helps a lot of coaches, parents and swimmers sustain their interest and continue to train,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
Gold medals are up for grabs in the 6-under, 7-year, 8-year, 9-year, 10-year, 11-year, 12-year, 13-year, 14-year and 15-over categories. The top tankers in each age band will receive a Most Outstanding Swimmer trophy.
The champion team with the most number of points gets P3,000 while the runner-up takes home P2,000 and the third-placer earns P1,000.
“The motivational meet is part of PSL’s long-term program. We select swimmers in this competition, develop them then send them to international competitions to further hone their skills,” stressed Papa.
“Competing abroad is way different than competing here in the country. The swimmers get extra motivated since they are competing not just for their teams or schools but for our country,” she added
The PSL is recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission as an official swimming association in the country following its impressive grassroots development program that aims to train talented swimmers for future international competitions.
It is also accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines – an affiliate of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
EMIL C. NOGUERA