PSL, Red Cross target new world record

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Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa shakes hand with Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter Chairman Nieva Mendoza after the agreement to hold the Ultimate Boracay 24-hour Swimming Relay to be held in Boracay in April 2015. Also in the picture are PSL Secretary Generay Maria Susan Benasa, and Red Cross officials Elena Brugger and Delnora Nano.

Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa shakes hand with Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter Chairman Nieva Mendoza after the agreement to hold the Ultimate Boracay 24-hour Swimming Relay to be held in Boracay in April 2015. Also in the picture are PSL Secretary Generay Maria Susan Benasa, and Red Cross officials Elena Brugger and Delnora Nano.

THE Philippine Swimming League (PSL) and the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter forged an agreement to jointly stage the Ultimate Boracay 24-hour Swimming Relay, which aims to break the current world record.

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PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa formally signed an agreement with the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter represented by its Chairman Nieva Mendoza, Committee on Youth Chairman Elena Brugger and Secretary Delnora Nano on Saturday at the Makati German Club.

“The project was initially at the Balanghai Beach resort in Boracay last week and we’re happy that we’re now on our first step towards achieving this huge event,” said Papa.

The PSL and the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter are planning to converge more than 6,000 swimmers in Boracay in April in 2015.

The beneficiaries of the event are the Philippine Red Cross Boracay-Malay Chapter and the PSL’s grassroots development program.

“The Philippine Red Cross feels that it’s something good for Boracay as we are now on a process of having swim camp for 10,000 young kids. We want to train them to swim not only for competition but for their personal sake as well. If we get hit by calamity in our region, then kids can save themselves and save lives of others,” said Mendoza.

Italy owns the current Guinness World Record in Open Water 24-hour relay swimming with 5,028 swimmers—the most participants set by Swim For Children on June 11 to 12 in 2010 in Padova.

In that event, the youngest participant was four   the oldest was 81.

“We’ll invite our friends from different sectors including some members of the dragoboat team, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and some schools to participate in this endeavor. It’s not only a pride of Boracay but the country as a whole,” said Brugger.

The PSL recently staged its 57th Leg Series dubbed as Congressman Ted Haresco Cup in Kalibo and Boracay in Aklan.

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