• PSL Pamaskong Handog tourney fires off Saturday

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    The country’s finest young swimmers will be battling it out for supremacy in the 71st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as 2014 Pamaskong Handog on December 20 to 21 at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.

    The event will serve as tryout to select swimmers for the 28th Summer World Universiade scheduled next year in Gwangju, South Korea as well as for international competitions in Thailand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and India.

    “The PSL is on the final leg series of year 2014, and we will see the end result of the training program of our coaches. Coaches stayed through out the years of the PSL monthly competition and the result is amazing. You practically see every swimmer improved every month of the competition,” PSL President Susan Papa said.

    Papa will also announce the candidates for the Coach of the Year, Swimmer of the Year (boys and girls), Rookie of the Year (boys and girls) and Most Improved Swimmer of the Year (boys and girls) awards.

    “I’m happy to see that the swimming community is 70 percent democratized. You see a lot of competitions going at the same time and no longer afraid of sanctions from POC- NSA in swimming. The swimming community is realizing the bullying of membership issues and you see a lot of swimmers interested in swimming again,” added Papa.

    Medals and trophies will be given to the top finishers in the 6-under, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18-over age bands.

    The two-day meet is open to all with no membership requirement. For inquiries, interested participant may contact the PSL secretariat through philswimleague@hotmail.com or 09328800400 and 09267204153.

    “I want to go to basics about sports, it must be a sports for all and give priorities and directions of promoting swimming and development and emphasizing on grassroots participation,” stressed Papa.

    The PSL is the National University Sports Association for Colleges and Universities accredited to Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines (FESSAP) and internationally affiliated to Federation International Sports University (FISU).

    The PSL has been successful in its international campaigns in South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand this year.

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