SINGAPORE: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be gunning for 30 gold medals when the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship unfolds on Saturday at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) here.
PSL President Susan Papa named veteran international campaigners Sean Terence Zamora, Kyla Soguilon, Martin Jacob Pupos, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Marc Bryan Dula as potentital medal producers in the four-day meet.
“We are aiming to win at least 30 gold medals. These kids are all set to dominate their respective age groups. They trained hard for this and we are looking forward to another fruitful campaign this year,” said Papa accompanied by PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, and coaches Alex Papa, Marlon Dula, Ephraim Samson, Joey Villa and Guia Llaguno.
“It’s a good exposure for our young swimmers. They already embraced the responsibility of carrying our flag in international competitions. Mas nahahasa sila at mas lalong tumatapang dahil alam nila na hindi lang schools or teams nila ang dala nila kundi ang buong Pilipinas,” added Papa.
Also expected to deliver are Indian Ocean All Star Challenge veterans Stephen Guzman, Paul Christian King Cusing and Aalia Jaire Espejo as well as Hong Kong Stingrays Championship gold medalist Charize Esmero, Jason Mirabueno, Ian Ferdinand Trinidad and Rio Lorenzo Malapitan.
“Ito yung second stage ng grassroots development program ng PSL. After ng local competitions, inilalaban namin sila sa international tournaments para makasabay sila sa international standards,” Papa stressed.
Besides the Philippines, the other competing countries in the annual swim¬fest are host Singapore, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
The SICC swimming pool was the same venue where Olympic champion Michael Phelps and the US swimming team acclimatized for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Last year, the PSL won the overall title after earning 69 gold, 55 silver and 37 bronze medals.
The 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).
“Inihahanda namin ang mga batang ito para sa future international competitions gaya ng World University Games sa 2017 na gaganapin sa Taiwan at sa 2019 edition na idaraos naman sa Brazil,” ended Papa.