The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be staging its 127th National Series featuring novice and motivational swimmers seeking slots in international competitions.
The competition dubbed as the PSL Long Course Swimming Meet will start at 8 a.m. at the Alcala Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Lucena City.
PSL President Susan Papa said the event is open to all young swimmers who wants to qualify and join the Philippine delegation in international tournaments such as the SSC Midget Meet in Singapore, Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship in Japan and the Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship in Thailand.
“The Novice and Motivational tournament is part of the PSL’s grassroots development program. We have a lot of good swimmers right now who started in this competition. We are selecting talented young swimmers then guide them for future international competitions,” said Papa.
Veteran international campaigners Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Marc Bryan Dula are some of the products of PSL’s Novice and Motivational meets.
Dula and Mojdeh both won the gold medals in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, the Tokyo Winter Swimming Championship in Japan, and recently in the Hamilton Aquatics Swimming Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“We’re hoping to discover more talented swimmers like them. We have a lot of talented swimmers here in the country. We just need to provide them with proper training programs,” added Papa.
Gold medals are up for grabs in the 25m butterfly, 25m backstroke, 25m breaststroke and 25m freestyle in the Novice Division, and 100m Individual Medley, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m freestyle in the Motivational Category.
The Most Outstanding Swimmers in each age band will be awarded with trophy while the team with the most number of points earned after the competition will be declared as the overall champion.
The PSL is recognized by the Philippine Sports Commission as the official swimming association in the country following its impressive grassroots development program that aims to train talented swimmers for future international competitions.