The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) got a warm welcome from the Filipino community in Perth, Australia—a big boost for nine Filipino swimmers vying for honors and pride in the prestigious 2014 Australia Swimming Championships.
The Philippine delegation was received by the Filipino community Mandurah headed by Vicki Worherspoon, Jorge Embido and Carmela Embido at the Perth International Airport.
“We knew that the swimmers will be pick by Jorge and Ms. Vicki but we were surprised to find out that a lot of our kababayans will be there to support our PSL swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“It did not end there as another Filipino community from Perth led by Rey and Mona Padernilla treated them for breakfast. The breakfast was hosted by Noble Mcconkey and Cecil Orchard. After the welcome breakfast, the team rested to prepare for the afternoon workout,” added Papa who also thanked Jessie Cajustin, Ali and Chit Blobin, Bien de la Serna, Ofelia Leadbeater and Marino Salinas.
Worherspoon said the Filipinos in Perth are all excited come competition day.
“We ate proud of this young swimmers. We will do everything for them. They have all our support. We’ll watch and cheer for them. Mabuhay ang mga batang manlalangoy,” stressed Worherspoon.
All eyes will be on Sean Terrence Zamora of University of Santo Tomas, who is an early favorite to dominate his age group as well as Delia Angela Cordero of University of the Philippines.
The other members of the team are Sean Elijah Enero, Lans Rawlin Donato, Paul Christian King Cusing, Paula Carmela Cusing, Pauline Celine Cusing, Julian Lowenstein Lazaro and Martin Jacob Pupos.
PSL Secretary Guia Llaguno is the delegation head while Richard Ryan Robles of Manila Central University Aquaspeed Sailfish is the head coach of the team.
“It was a total effort by the Filipino communities here in Perth, what fantastic gesture. The Filipino swimmers met with the rest of Asian Swimmers who will swim against the Australian swimmers during the competition,” said Llaguno.
Robles added, “the swimmers are ready and our countrymen are all out to cheer for them and our PSL swimmers are all out to give their best for the country.”