Philippine Swimming League Chairman and Consul of Georgia in the Philippines Buddy Cunanan and Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Executive Member for Marketing and Public Relations Sandra Reynolds, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently in Cape Town, South Africa.
The MOU was signed to formalize the participation of the PSL in the WPA Swimming Gala to be held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center in Cape Town on February 8 to 9, 2014.
UWC Aquatics Manager Glen Bentley and Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Cape Town Steven Chaimowitz witnessed the MOU signing.
Consul Cunanan and Reynolds, accompanied by Consul Chaimowitz, had an ocular inspection at the UWC swimming pool and grounds to identify the possible areas to be reserved for the visiting Philippine delegation and community.
“This is a momentous occasion for Philippine swimming,” said Consul Cunanan. “It will be the first time Filipino swimmers will compete in South Africa and perhaps even the entire African continent. For years, Philippine amateur swimming has languished and deteriorated,”said Consul Cunanan.
“But our participation in South Africa, the first of several overseas major engagements slated for 2014, heralds a new beginning for us and our renewed presence in the international scene. These engagements will give our swimmers valuable international exposure and experience,” he added.
Consul Cunanan thanked WPA for its support. Besides the South Africa meet, the PSL will also compete in Georgia, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.
The PSL-WPA tie-up is also a major milestone for the South Africans. “WPA warmly welcomes the PSL and we are proud to have their swimmers match up against our own athletes. This will also be the first time our organization will work with an overseas federation. It is truly a special occasion and the beginning of close PSL-WPA cooperation and Philippine—South African relations,” exclaimed Reynolds.
PSL President Susan Papa is now preparing the line-up for the Cape Town meet. “Having recently arrived from our participation in the Royal Bangkok Swimming championships, where our swimmers won over two dozen medals, we are raring to go to Cape Town. This is a new frontier for us and naturally, we very excited to compete in South Africa. We are eager to make a mark in Africa and build lasting friendships with our partners in that continent,” said Papa.
A banquet at the UWC is being planned by the Filipino community in Cape Town and WPA to officially welcome the Philippine delegation as Consul Chaimowitz is working with the Filipino community, led by Mario Desamparado and Amy Friedrichsen.