The Philippine Swimming League (PSL), the national sports association for swimming of the Federation
of School Sports Associations of the Philippines and the longest running swimming grassroots program in the country, has selected Denjylie Cordero to compete
in the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala scheduled on February 8 to 9 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center in Cape Town, South Africa.
Prior to the Cape Town meet, Cordero will be seeing action in the PSL 52nd Leg Series dubbed as The Manila Times College Swimming Championship on January 26 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. The tournament will serve as tryout to select the country’s representatives to the 2015 World Universiade Games in Gwangju, South Korea. The World Universiade is the Olympics for the college students being held every two years by the Federation International Sports University (FISU).
“I am training very hard and my father/coach Dennis Cordero is preparing me for The Manila Times College Swimming Championship on January 26 and I will be in good shape a week after that for the Cape Town competition,” said Cordero.
Cordero is the current national record holder in 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 34.01 she accomplished during the University Athletic Association of the Philippines swimming competitions held in Laguna. She is also a Southeast Asian Age-Group gold medalist.
“I am excited to compete and I want to break another Philippine record in 200m Individual Medley. I want our supporters at Cape Town to be proud of us,” Cordero added.
Buddy Cunanan, PSL chairman and Consul of Georgia in the Philippines, and Steven Chai-Mowitz, Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Cape Town, are now working with the Filipino community in Cape Town to welcome the Philippine delegation in South Africa. Cunanan is now arranging the travel visa and the airfare discount for all delegates of PSL traveling to Cape Town.
PSL President and Founder Susan Papa said the team has been practicing even during the holidays.
“The team wants to compete, win and make friendship with their counterparts and excited as well to meet the Filipino community. We want to win medals for our Filipino countrymen and we dedicate our swim to all of them and we also expect that they will cheer for us.” stressed Papa.
The PSL also thanked Maggie Magdangal of Aquasphere for sponsoring the track suit of the delegation.
The PSL-WPA tie up was arranged by Consul Cunanan. It was formalized last month during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the PSL and WPA, represented by Sandra Reynolds, executive member for marketing and public relations. UWC Aquatics manager Glen Bentley and Honorary Consul Chaimowitz were also present during the MOU signing.