Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa expressed her gratitude to the Filipino community in Perth, Australia for all-out support to the Philippine delegation that won 62 medals in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge.
“The Filipino community in Perth is amazing. Even they are away from home, they see to it and they worked together as one to help one another to extend a help to the Philippine Swimming League swimmers,” said Papa naming Filipino Australian Club Inc. (FACI) headed by founder and Vice President Vicki Wotherspoon, Filipino Community Council of Western Australia President Dante Maribbay, FACI President Jessie Cajustin, Filipino Australian Club of Perth Inc. President Cesar Lacsamana.
Papa also thanked Landy Matugas, Brad Matugas, Fr. Concord Bagaoisan, Bien Dela Cerna, Ofelia Leady, Arturo Soriano, Raymond Padernilla, Tony Pelaez, Rebecca Langcay and Pinky Pelaez.
The Filipino tankers claimed 41 golds, 12 silvers and nine bronzes to surpass the teams’s 34-gold medal haul in the 2014 edition. They also grabbed five Most Outstanding Swimmer awards and registered 10 new meet records.
“Winning a total of 41 golds, 12 silvers and nine bronzes is difficult to achieve but it came so easy for our PSL swimmers to perform well as they were so inspired because of the love and support shown by the Filipino community,” stressed Papa.
“The food is over-flowing, each Community gave its share and time to see to it that PSL delegates are in order and okay. All I did was focus on the competition as we didn’t have a problem with the full support of our countrymen,” she added.
Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon, and fellow MOS winners Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Stephen Guzman and Martin Jacob Pupos led the campaign of the team.
The other members were Drew Benett Magbag, Christian Paul King Cusing, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Julian Ingrid Pupos and Aalia Jaire Espejo.
“In contrast as I have said, our government sports agency which is PSC, PSL get all the disappointment and PSL swimmers are unmotivated because swimmers are not treated properly. In my mind, PSC is not handling the grassroot developmental properly within its mandates. Can you imagine, the Philippine Sports Commission gets five percent of the gross income of Pagcor monthly? Where is the money going? It’s time for a change,” ended Papa.