It is faithfulness to God that will bring infinite and eternal happiness to the Philippine Swimming League (PSL).
I always have faith and trust that the path to righteousness will bring success into the PSL family.
The PSL was created to democratize the swimming community, to make it “Sports for All” and no membership fee is required to join the organization.
It is extremely difficult to sustain the grassroots development program without help from the government, but our faithfulness to God is what makes PSL unshakeable.
Despite obstacles left and right compounded by the wrong doings of national sports officials, the PSL has survived with all the blessings from Above.
I praise the Lord, without Him we are nothing. He is the rock we stand on.
PSL is now running its sixth year this 2016 in developing swimmers from grassroots level. In the past five years, it has organized 88 national series all over the country—Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
PSL swimmers and coaches have traveled as far as Cape Town, South Africa, Kazan, Russia, Perth, Australia, Tokyo, Japan, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Fuzhou in China, South Korea, Macau and Hong Kong, Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia. Through the PSL, a large number of coaches and swimmers have experienced to travel and compete for free beyond Southeast Asia.
In 2015, PSL competed in seven international competitions and staged 17 local tournaments in different parts of the country aiming to find fresh talents through its grassroots development program.
Forty-three coaches and 372 swimmers have been exposed to international competitions with either full or partial support from the PSL.
Moreover, considerable numbers of parents were inspired and motivated by PSL to get passports so they could accompany their young swimmers in international tilts.
At age nine, Jasmine Mojdeh, in her three-year young swimming career, has traveled to as far as Cape Town, South Africa to compete.
Competing in local and international competitions, gave light, hope and inspiration to Mojdeh. Amazingly, at her age now, her time record in 50m breaststroke is 41.30 seconds.
I can’t help but remember how I admired Nancy Deano from Iloilo City, because of the time record she posted in breaststroke. Mojdeh displays the same potential.
Back when she was 12, Nancy is the youngest Philippine record holder in breaststroke. She has made it to the Montreal Summer Olympics.
In comparison, Jasmine’s faithfulness to her sport allowed her to participate in 12 international competitions in Cape Town, South Africa, Perth, Australia, Tokyo, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.
The same is true with Sean Terence Zamora whose first international competition was at the age of nine in Phuket, Thailand. He is now 15 and recently broke four meet records of Asian Games gold medalist and Southeast Asian Games’ most bemedalled male swimmer of Singapore Joseph Schooling during the 2015 SICC Championship in Singapore.
Zamora posted 28.97 (29.48) in 50m Backstroke, 1:01.27 (1:02.16) in 100m butterfly, 1:02.95 (1:04.52) in 100m backstroke and 2:16.72 (2:21.17) in 200m IM.
Zamora has participated in nine international competitions since 2010. He tra¬veled to as far as Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand to compete.
Meanwhile, Ma. Claire Adorna excelled not by experience but through wisdom.
Adorna twice joined PSL in the Summer Universiade—in Shenzhen, China in 2011 and in Kazan, Russia in 2013. She also joined PSL in Fuzhou City, China and Bangkok, Thailand.
The passion that Adorna showed clearly depicted that she was standing on a solid rock.
Adorna, a proud product of PSL, became the first Filipino gold medallist in women’s triathlon in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore. She revealed and declared her gratitude and appreciation toward the PSL family during her interviews.
Joy Rodgers was one of the 50 swimmers who was blessed and given the wisdom to join the 28th Summer Universiade held in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015. She also participated in Patana Swimming Championship and Royal Bangkok Swimming Meet in Bangkok, Thailand.
Rodgers, a PSL and University of the Philippines standout, broke the Philippine record in 50m breaststroke during the 78th University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season, clocking 33.62 and breaking the old mark of 33.64 established by Imelda Corazon Wistey during the 2015 Arena Pro Series held in Orlando, Florida.
Kyla Soguilon from Aklan started swimming at the age of eight. After two years, Soguilon has participated in 11 international competitions as far as South Africa, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Phuket and Bangkok.
At 10, Soguilon became the recipient of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Tony Siddayao Award and Milo Female Junior Athlete of the Year 2014.
At present, the PSL receives invitations from the United States, Canada and Europe.
We go beyond the world and what is beyond the world, using wisdom from our Creator.
The victories will come to the chosen ones that will be faithful.
Indeed, infinite and eternal happiness is coming.