Eighteen swimmers have met the qualifying standards for the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala to be held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center in Cape Town on February 8 to 9.
Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa said the swimmers have been selected based on their performances in the 51st Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Series held at the Diliman Preparatory School (DPS) swimming pool in Quezon City.
They are Ma. Claire Adorna (girls’ 17 years and over), Ma. Paula Angela Villamil (girls 13 years), McTracy Alindogan (boys’ 13 years), Emanuel Joshua Lorbes (boys’ 16 years), Yuri Ilustre (boys’ 14 years), Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh (girls’ 7 years), Kyla Soguilon (girls’ 9 years), Charize Esmero (girls’ 11 years), Imee Joyce Saavedra (girls’ 12 years), Seth Isaak Martin (boys’ 11 years), Jordan Lobos (boys’ 10 years), Jerard Jacinto (boys’ 12 years), JC Doragos (boys’ 15 years), Jifrey Azur (boys’ 17 years and over), Chloe Fabic (girls’ 10 years), Paula Cayanan (girls’ 14 years), Kyle Mendoza (girls’ 15 years) and Mary Angelic Saavedra (girls’ 16 years).
PSL Chairman and Consul of Georgia in the Philippines Buddy Cunanan and Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Cape Town Steven Chai-mowitz are now working hand in hand with the Filipino Community in Cape Town to welcome the Philippine delegation in South Africa.
“This is another milestone for Philippine swimming as it will be the first time that the Filipino swimmers will compete in South Africa and perhaps even the entire African continent,” said Consul Cunanan.
The Filipino community led by Mario Desamparado and Amy Friedrichsen is preparing a banquet for the delegation at the UWC.
“Our athletes are raring to compete against some of the bets swimmers in South Africa and other parts of the region.
We’re excited to meet the Filipino community in Cape Town.
This early, we want to express our gratitude for their assurance of support and assistance when we get there,” said Papa.
“We’re aiming to win medals and we’re looking forward to see them [Filipino community] cheer for us and boost the confidence of our young swimmers,” added the PSL chief.
The PSL-WPA tie up is a project of Consul Cunanan. It was formalized last month during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the PSL and WPA, represented by Executive Member for Marketing and Public Relations Sandra Reynolds. UWC Aquatics Manager Glen Bentley and Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Cape Town Steven Chaimowitz were also present during the MOU signing.