The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) opens its doors to aspiring young swimmers as it stages the 103rd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series for Class C and Novice on Sunday at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
Medals are up for grabs in 10 divisions – 6-under, 7-year, 8-year, 9-year, 10-year, 11-year, 12-year, 13-year, 14-year and 15-over – in girls and boys while the Most Outstanding Swimmer award awaits the top swimmer in each category.
“We want to discover more young swimmers who will follow the footsteps of Dula, Mojdeh, Soguilon and others. It’s our goal to open the doors to these young tankers, give them proper exposure and mold them for future big international competitions,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The tournament serves as qualifying to select swimmers for future international competitions in Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
“This is really a grassroots development program. They are starting as novice and if they stay in the program, you can see what they will become a year after. We are starting this novice program to continue our search for new talents and potential swimmers. We monitor them, from novice to become regular competitive swimmers,” added Papa.
Among the products of PSL Class C and Novice competitions are Marc Bryan Dula, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Kyla Soguilon, Trump Christian Luistro, Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Paul Christian King Cusing, Albert Sermonia 2nd and Lee Grant Cabral, who are now wining gold medals in international tournaments.
“We inspire our new swimmers, recruit and train them. Again use swimming for healthy citizenry, discipline this young kids and perhaps become champions, you will never know. The least and help themselves become varsity swimmers and finish their studies,” added Papa.
Recently, PSL won 25 golds, 17 silvers and 15 bronzes including seven new records in the 2016 Buccaneer Invitational Swimming Championship held at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool in Tokyo, Japan.
EMIL C. NOGUERA