Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standouts Kyla Soguilon of Aklan and Aubrey Tom of Marikina pocketed five more gold medals each on Sunday to hike the country’s medal haul to 14 golds in the 2015 Phuket International Swimming Championship being held at the Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Center in Thailand.
Soguilon, the Female Swimmer of the Year and Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year awardee, stamped her class in the girls’ 10 years 50-meter butterfly (35.04), 100m backstroke (1:18.68) and 100m freestyle (1:10.48), 50m freestyle (31.92) and 200m Individual Medley (2:51.47) on Day 2. She also dominated the 50m backstroke (34.53) and Open Water 200m freestyle (2:57.00).
“The temperature was so hot, as if I am ironing my pants while it is on. They can clock better but the heat is also making them feel weak,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The seven-year-old Tom, on the other hand, proved too much against her rivals in the girls’ 8-under as she ruled the 100m freestyle (1:28.63), 50m freestyle (35.62), 100m freestyle (1:21.97), 100m backstroke (1:38.01) and 50m butterfly (40.43).
Tom got her first two golds in the 50m backstroke and Open Water 100m freestyle.
“We saw the conflicts and problem very clearly because of lack of strong foundation and knowledge of basic good manners and discipline of swimmers, parents and coaches. They must work together,” said Papa.
“Another conflict which I discussed to my lawyer friend Atty. Maria Luz Arzaga-Mendoza where she help me analyze is the mind set. Anyone that sets their mind poorly is what will come out, mostly the mind set of coaches is to shine in Palaro and the times to beat are 10 yrs old or so,” she added.
Papa stressed that “parents are mislead, they are happy to break records, but not realizing it is that of many years that nobody has improve on that event. The greatest problem is again the mind set of being happy to be recruited in a school better that they have at present or can not resist perks given to a good athlete. They allow themselves to be recruited not on time.”
“PSL developed them and this is very important. Para kaming puno and if you don’t take care of the good fruits we bear then there is problem. You have to take care of the tree bearing good fruits, hindi mo pwede pasungkit o pabato otherwise yung bunga ay hindi magiging masarap. Ang pagkahinog ay hindi tama, dahil untimely ang pag harvest sa prutas,” Papa narrated.
“It is the same thing what is going out there now in the swimming community. Parents allowed their kids to be harvest or be recruited untimely. There are many good swimmers however they are falling in bad hands. All of those reasons is because of the mind set,” she ended.
The PSL is the national sports swimming association for universities and colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines —an internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).