The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will honor the some of the country’s great swimmers including Gertrudes Lozada and Col. Arsenio De Borja for their notable contributions in sport.
PSL President Susan Papa said that Lozada will be inducted to the Hall of Fame while De Borja will be remembered through Posthumous award when the PSL holds its awarding ceremony in Boracay next year.
“She [Lozada] was the former Philippine record holder of 100m and 200m butterfly. She was called by Ferdinand Marcos, the Philippine President that time, to teach Imee, Irene and Bongbong Marcos to learn how to swim where Bongbong became a competitive swimmer,” Papa recalled.
Papa remembered being invited by Lozada to come with her to teach the first family children during that time.
“I want to give this award to Tuding as she was one of the epitome in Philippine swimming. The awarding will be held next year in the beautiful island of Boracay,” added Papa.
Lozada won two silver medals —400m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle relay with Victoria Cullen, Corazon Loxada and Haydee Coloso-Espino—in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan then pocketed one silver (4x100m freestyle relay with Coloso-Espino, Corazon and Connie Paredes) and one bronze (100m butterfly) in the 1962 Asiad in Jakarta, Indonesia.
De Borja, for his part, was the president of the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association in late 60s to 70s.
”He was a good president in swimming sports, he sends swimmers abroad to train and compete in international competition in preparation for a major competition like Asian Games and Olympics. That is why we are winning in Asian Games and SEA Games is supposedly easy task before as it is treated just like an invitational meet among Southeast countries that time,” stressed Papa.
“Philippine swimmers also make qualifying standards to make it to the Olympics during his time. I thank him for what he taught me, besides my parents, I am following his footsteps, he also gives us monthly competitions before as Age Groupers. I will never forget that when ever we win he will bring us to the president of the Philippines,” she added.
De Borja was also the former president of Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation.
“I salute him,” ended Papa.