PSL underscores unity to achieve success

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PERTH BOUND  Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Filipino community in Australia’s George Embido and Carmela Embido, and Finis-Philippines representatives Vince Garcia and Ita Garcia pose with the swimmers seeing action in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on April 1 to 8 in Perth, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PERTH BOUND
Philippine Swimming League President Susan Papa, Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Filipino community in Australia’s George Embido and Carmela Embido, and Finis-Philippines representatives Vince Garcia and Ita Garcia pose with the swimmers seeing action in the 2015 Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge on April 1 to 8 in Perth, Australia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In just four years, the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has been successful both in local and international tournaments.

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PSL President Susan Papa underscored the importance of unity among the parents, coaches and swimmers to achieve excellence.

During the one-day conference hosted by the PSL in cooperation with Diliman Preparatory School at the DPS’s High School Audio-Visual Room on Sunday, Papa tackled the humble beginnings of the association. PSL Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa explained the main objective of the PSL—to produce world-class swimmers through grassroots development program.

“Guests from other sports showed up in the conference. Forty-three coaches and 314 swimmers were exposed subsidized by PSL in a period of four and a half years. In parallel to move forward, we also filed four cases against corruption,” said Papa.

In 2010 and 2011, the PSL has competed in seven international competitions then grew up to eight foreign exposures in 2012 and 2014 and nine in 2013. This year, the PSL is scheduled to participate in Perth, Australia and Phuket, Thailand.

There are seven local tournaments in 2010, 11 in 2011, 15 in 2012, 17 in 2013 and 20 in 2014.

Former Senator Nikki Coseteng urged the parents, coaches and swimmers to work together for the betterment of sports. She discussed the difficulties and corruption in sports that “parents, coaches and swimmers should be vigilant and do something about bullying of leaders in sports. We have reached this long and far, we’ll fight up to the last.”

Atty. Teresa Mahiwo also enlightened the coaches and parents of their rights by pointing out the mandates and policies of Philippine Sports Commission under Republic Act 6847. “This advocacy of PSL made me strive harder as an advocate in sports,” said Atty. Mahiwo.

“Mas naging malawak na ang kaalaman namin lalo na ang karapatan namin. We will no longer allowed ourselves to be bullied,” said Joan Mojdeh, mother of multi-titled tanker Micaela Jasmine.

Part of the conference was the presentation of swimmers going to the Indian Ocean All-Star Challenge in Australia and Phuket Swimming Championships in Thailand.

Female Swimmer of the Year Kyla Soguilon has also been named as the Finis-Philippines brand ambassador. She received a top-of-the-line Finis Vapor competition swimsuit from Finis-Philippine representatives Vince Garcia and Ita Garcia.

The PSL is the national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines, internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University and recognized by the Commission on Higher Education.

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