The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) shared its expertise in swimming through community service and friendly swimming gala held at the Blue Downs Indoor Swimming Pool in Hindle Rond Blue Downs, South Africa.
The Philippine delegation led by PSL President Susan Papa along with delegation head former Sen. Nikki Coseteng, Secretary-General Maria Susan Benasa and the eight swimmers, who competed in the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala, were full of excitements meeting the less fortunate South African kids.
“PSL is very active in community works, even with street children. So when we got invited to swim for the Blue Downs community, I adhere to the request right away.
“The South African less fortunate are so happy of seeing international swimmers from the Philippines. We sung, dance and swim with them. You see the happy faces on them,” narrated Papa.
Consul Ad Honorem of the Philippine Government in Cape Town Steven Chaimowitz, Deputy Minister International Relations Marius Fransman and Blue Flippers Swimming Club Blue Downs representative Christopher Miekerk were also present in the one-day affair.
“The locals welcomed us with warm smiles on their faces and had a short program dancing together with the whole PSL team. After that the PSL swimmers had a short exhibition swim against their local swimmers,” said Papa.
The PSL chief added: “It was a such great experience among two entirely different cultures dancing as one. We would like to thank the Blue Downs community for sharing your great culture with us.”
In the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala, the Philippines claimed a total of 35 medals including 18 golds.
McTracy Alindogan of Angeles University Foundation won eight golds (200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 50m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 400m individual medley and 50m freestyle) and two silvers (100m backstroke and 50m breaststroke) in the boys’ 13 years class; Denjylie Cordero of University of the Philippines earned four golds (girls’ 17-over 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and 200m individual medley), one silver (400m individual medley) and one bronze (200m freestyle); Portia Kate Doragos of Diliman Preparatory School got four golds (girls’ 13 years 1,500m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 200m breaststroke and 100m breaststroke), four silvers (200m individual medley, 400m individual medley, 50m breaststroke and 100m butterfly) and two bronzes (200m freestyle and 50m freestyle); John Carlo Doragos also of Diliman Preparatory School delivered a gold (boys’ 15 years 400m freestyle), two silvers (800m freestyle and 1,500m freestyle) and one bronze (400m individual medley), Kyla Soguilon of Aklan bagged one gold (girls’ 10-under 100m freestyle) and two silvers (200m individual medley and 50m freestyle); Emanuel Joshua Lorbes of Montessori de Manila had one bronze (boys’ 16 years 50m butterfly); and Jifrey Azor of Mariners Polytechnic Colleges also got one bronze (boys’ 17-over 50m backstroke).
Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, the youngest swimmer in the tournament, claimed the “Darling of the Crowd” award.