• PSL grassroots program relies on the Spirit of God

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    SUSAN PAPA

    SUSAN PAPA

    Young tankers Sean Terence Zamora, Kyla Soguilon and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh as well as fellow Philippine Swimming League (PSL) swimmer Ma. Claire Adorna were honored in the Philippine Sports¬writer’s Association (PSA) 2016 Annual Awards Night last Saturday.

    And we are thankful to the PSA for the recognition given to our athletes. Because of the love of God in our hearts – a hope that did not disappoint us.

    Soguilon, the pride of Aklan, winner of 2015 PSA/Milo Junior Female Athlete of the Year and recipient of Tony Siddayao award again emerged as the Milo Junior Female Athlete of the Year 2016.

    The 11-year-old from Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School exhibited excellence in her international campaign, winning seven golds in Thanyapura Invitational Swimming Meet in Phuket, Thailand, seven golds and three silvers in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, five golds, one silver and a bronze in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet in Singapore, and four golds in the ASIJ Orcas Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Meet in Tokyo, Japan.

    She is a consistent PSL Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee.

    Zamora, the 15-year-old University of Santo Tomas standout, bagged 10 golds in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, six golds with six new records in the Convoy Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong, three golds and three silvers highlighted by three new records in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet in Singapore, and two golds, one silver and one bronze in the ASIJ Orcas Fall Classic Invitational Swimming Meet in Tokyo, Japan.

    Zamora is also a consistent recipient of the PSL Most Outstanding Swimmer and FINA Highest Point awards.

    He surpassed the records of Singaporean Joseph Schooling, the most bemedalled athlete during the 28th Southeast Asian Games 2015 held in Singapore. Zamora posted 28.97 (29.48) in 50m Backstroke, 1:01.27 (1:02.16) in 100m butterfly, 1:02.95 (1:04.52) in 100m backstroke and 2:16.72 (2:21.17) in 200m IM during the 2015 SICC Swimming Championship held in Singapore.

    The nine-year-old Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College of Parañaque, reigned supreme in both international and local competitions winning six golds and one silver in the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia, four silvers and one bronze in the Convoy Stingray Invitational Swimming Championship in Hong Kong, five golds and one silver including two new records in the 11th SICC Invitational Swim Meet in Singapore, one gold and one silver in the 21st SSC Open Midget Meet in Singapore, and three golds and one silver in the ASIJ Orcas Fall Classic Invita¬tional Swimming Meet in Tokyo, Japan.

    Like Soguilon and Zamora, Mojdeh is also a consistent PSL Most Outstanding Swimmer winner.

    Not to be forgotten is another PSL swimmer Adorna, winner of first gold medal in triathlon during the 28th Southeast Asian Games 2015 held in Singapore.

    She was given a special citation by PSA.

    “I am happy to be part of PSL family. I thank God for it,” Claire said.

    Adorna’s faithfulness and gratitude to the PSL family is clearly evident.

    She never forgets the happiness she experienced with us during the World Universiade Games in 2011 Shenzen, China and 2013 Kazan, Russia as well as the international tournaments in Singapore, Thailand and China.

    There is light within all of them and we are hoping the same for the rest of PSL swimmers.

    They are guided by the Divine while competing in local and international competitions.

    In other words, they perform beyond their abilities because they believe nothing is impossible with God.

    It must be remembered that three PSL swimmers were not given financial help by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

    FINIS USA through FINIS Philippines’ Vince Garcia extended its help to three of our swimmers by providing them swimming gears and other training aids.

    What works is the help from God and the selflessness of the swimmers’ parents.

    We act as one big family in PSL – the “I” and “me” are unacceptable.

    Only “we” is acceptable.

    The kuya’s and ate’s are all working for the good of the PSL family.

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