The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be going to Mindanao for the 81st PSL National Series – Davao Swim Meet scheduled on August 15 at the Tagum City Sports Complex in Davao del Norte.
“PSL going to Mindanao will open the gates to bring back its glory to the winning stage again. They have all the potential swimmers there. Kids there can start swimming before they can walk. They are surrounded by water especially the ones from Sulu, Jolo, Zamboanga,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The tournament will be the basis of selection for international competitions including the prestigious 2017 Summer World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan.
“They are the ones giving medals for the Philippines in the Asian Games before. It was easy for them to capture medals the likes of Amman Jalmaani, Leroy Goff, Jairulla Jaitula, Dae Imlani, Roosevelt Abdulgafur, Bana Sailani and many others,” Papa stressed.
The other international tournaments are 2015 Royal Bangkok Swim Meet, 2016 Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship and the 2016 Indian Ocean All Star Challenge in Perth, Australia.
“This meet is open to all, everyone can join especially those college students who want to earn a spot in the World University Games. We want to share this once in a lifetime opportunity to our young swimmers from the southern part of the country,” said Papa.
Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers by age band while trophies await the Most Outstanding Swimmer awardees.
“To qualify in the Universiade, they must pass the eligibility requirements – they must be 17 to 28 year old born in 1999. They are currently enrolled in college and has a valid passport and other requirements to pass the accreditation,” added Papa.
After the 81st National Series, the PSL will proceed to Bicol for the 3rd El Presidente Swim Cup on August 22 at the Mariner’s Polytechnic Colleges Foundation Pool in Legazpi City.
The PSL is fresh from winning its third overall title in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship after winning 117 medals (36 golds, 50 silvers and 31 bronzes).
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).