Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa named 10 qualified tankers for the prestigious 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge scheduled on April 1 to 8 in Perth, Australia.
Papa bared the official list on Thursday with Swimmers of the Year Sean Terence Zamora and Kyla Soguilon leading the squad.
Soguilon, who also bagged the Philippine Sportswriters Association Milo Junior Athlete of the Year and Tony Siddayao awards, will be participating first in the Phuket International Swimming
Championships on March 25 to 27 on Thailand before flying to Perth.
Zamora, on the other hand, will be defending his crown in the boys’ 14 years 50-meter free, 100m free, 100m back, 50m breast, 100m breast, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.
Joining Zamora and Soguilon are 2013 PSL Female Rookie of the Year Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, 2014 Male Rookie of the Year Martin Pupos, consistent PSL Most Outstanding Swimmer awardee Drew Benett Magbag, Paul Christian King Cusing, Stephen Guzman, Julian Ingrid Pupos, Aalia Jaire Espejo and Rio Lorenzo Malapitan.
“Right now, we’re training at the Diliman Preparatory School to ensure that they are in tip top conditions before flying to Perth. We’re looking forward to another fruitful campaign this year,” said Papa.
Last year, the PSL copped a total of 50 medals on 34 golds, six silvers and 10 bronzes.
“We want to expose them in international competitions to gauge their skills because these kids are the future of Philippine swimming. We are here to support them to become champions,” added Papa.
Papa also thanked the Filipino community in Australia including Vicki Wotherspoon, George Embido and Carmela Embido from Mandurah, who promised for an all-out support during the competition. The other supporters are Marino Salinas, Ali Gabunia, Chit Gabunia, Cecilia Bolasoc Orchard, Ofilia Leady, Bien Dela Cerna, Rey Padernilla, Ramona Padernilla, Michael Soriano, Arturo Soriano of Muffin Break, Rey Lucio of Cabalen Catering, Maila of Sugba Resto, Fortune Villanueva, Nitoy Chan, Boyet Maribbay, Noble Mcconkey, Cecil Orchard, Jessie Cajustin and Fr. Concord.
Besides the Ausralia meet, the PSL is also gearing up for the prestigious 2015 World University Games scheduled in July in Gwangju, South Korea.