• PSL renews commitment to sustain grassroots program

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    n Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez poses with the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team that won 79 gold medals in Singapore. Also in the photo are PSL President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Regional Director Fiscal Theresa Mahiwo, coach Alex Papa and the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    n Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez poses with the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) team that won 79 gold medals in Singapore. Also in the photo are PSL President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Regional Director Fiscal Theresa Mahiwo, coach Alex Papa and the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) vowed to continue developing young talented swimmers in line with the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) campaign to strengthen the country’s grassroots development program.

    PSL President Susan Papa underscored the association’s commitment to provide quality competitions in the grassroots level as it aim to identify talents for future international tournaments including the Olympic Games.

    “We will continue our grassroots development program by staging tournament in different parts of the country. We want to discover as many swimmers as we can, give them proper exposure and send them abroad for training and competitions,” said Papa.

    Recently, PSL won 79 gold medals in the Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club – one of the training venues of Rio Olympics gold medalist Joseph Schooling of Singapore.

    Papa together with some officials and swimmers presented the medals and overall championship trophy to PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez in a courtesy call held on Tuesday at the PSC Chairman’s Office in Manila.

    “We want to thank Chairman Ramirez for supporting us. The kids got motivational words from him. We’re looking forward to win more medals for our country in our future competitions,” Papa said.

    PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Regional Director Fiscal Theresa Mahiwo, coach Alex Papa and swimmers Sean Terence Zamora, Jerard Dominic Jacinto, Marc Bryan Dula, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Aubrey Tom, Margaret Estelle Mendez, Kyla Soguilon, Charieze Juliana Esmero, Lee Grant Cabral, Albert Sermonia 2nd, Paul Christian King Cusing, Christian Trump Luistro and Joey Del Rosario were present during the program.

    Zamora, a senior high school student at University of Santo Tomas broke three age-group records of Schooling in 100m butterfly (1:01.27), 100m backstroke (1:02.95), 200m Individual Medley (2:16.75) and 50m backstroke (29.48).

    “He’s [Zamora] on the right track. We just need to support them to fulfill his dreams of making it to the Olympics,” added Papa, who actually sent Zamora in Perth, Australia to undergo a month-long training at the Aqualife Somerset Training Center before flying to Singapore.

    PSL shifts its sights on SSC Midget Meet scheduled next month in Singapore.

    PSL is a national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines – the internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University.

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