The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) opens its doors to aspiring young swimmers as it the PSL-Magnolia Novice Swim Meet on June 21 at the Fleet Marines Naval Swimming Pool in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
The event with a theme “Up and Rising Stars”, is open to all swimmers ages 5-under, 6 to 16 and 17-over for boys and girls.
“This is really a grassroots development program. They are starting as novice and if they stay in the program, you can see what they will become a year after,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
“We are starting this novice program to continue our search for new talents and potential swimmers. We monitor them, from novice to become regular competitive swimmers,” added Papa.
Trophies and medals will be awarded to the Most Outstanding Swimmers. The champion team gets P3,000 and second placer P2,000 and the third, P1,000.
“We inspire our new swimmers, recruit and train them. Again use swimming for healthy citizenry, discipline this young kids and perhaps become champions, you will never know. The least and help themselves become varsity swimmers and finish their studies and that will help the state and poverty. That will the state and poverty in our country,” stressed Papa.
Among the products of the PSL novice competitions are Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, Inaki Emil Lorbes, Andrea Pacheco, Marc Bryan Dula, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Sean Terrence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon.
They won gold medals at big international tournaments in South Africa, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.
“In time we will be able to catch up of being behind in world of swimming and we are patient in moving forward inch by inch, day by day in PSL grassroots development program,” said Papa.
For inquiries, contact the PSL Secretariat at 09328800400/09267204153 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submitting entries is June 14.
The PSL is also staging its regular swimming competition – the 5th Sen. Nikki Coseteng Cup – on June 28 to 29 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Pool in Manila.
PSL is accredited by the Federation of School Sports of the Philippines, an affiliate to Federation International Sports University.