As the association continues to grow, the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has named Joan Melissa Mojdeh as National Capital Region regional director to oversee the grassroots development programs and activities in the region.
PSL President Susan Papa said that PSL needs the likes of Mojdeh whose passion and dedication could serve as a good example to swimmers, parents and coaches.
“We see that with her leadership that she is displaying with her heart and soul, the truthfulness will be a great help for the Philippine Swimming League. We need someone like her with a complete passion and great heart. Marami siyang natutulungang swimmers lalo na yung mga nangangailangan talaga. Alam niya ang mga nangyayari sa swimming community,” said Papa.
Mojdeh has been actively participating in PSL’s effort to democratize swimming in the country. She was part of the PSL delegation in major international competitions including in the Western Cape Swimming Championship in Cape Town, South Africa and the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Perth, Australia.
“I have been in swimming for only three years now but it is not for the soft heart. I am glad I was raised like a warrior so I can fight this war in swimming with heads up high. I was armed with knowledge by coach Susan Papa and experience a lot of personal battles that gave me strength to fight to death for the right of my kid and other kids who happens to excel in these sports. I am not afraid for the truth is on God’s side,” Mojdeh stressed.
Mojdeh is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Biology at Far Eastern University. She was a varsity volleyball player from elementary at Colegio San Agustin Southwoods in Laguna up to high school in Colegio De San Pedro also in Laguna.
At present, she competes in lung-busting marathons, trail running and triathlon tournaments.
For the record, Mojdeh is the mother of multi-awarded tanker Micaela Jasmine, who won numerous gold medals in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand.
“Every swimmer has the right to tryout for the national team and represent the Philippines regardless of group affiliation. That is the basic human rights. This discrimination did not exist in swimming in the 70’s where we all know that a lot social prejudices happened in that era.
“Why does it happen now when this is the generation where even gay marriages are allowed. This is the most accepting era of all. Youths are being taught to be open-minded and not bully anybody. Because of social media everybody has been given a voice regardless of your color or social status. And yet somehow in swimming heavy discrimination is still happening,” Mojdeh ended.