Philippine Swimming League (PSL) standout Kyla Soguilon of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School copped five gold medals in the 2015 Milo Little Olympics Visayas Leg held at the Iloilo Sports Complex in Iloilo City.
Soguilon, the reigning Milo Female Junior Athlete of the Year and Philippine Sportswriters Association Junior Athlete of the Year, swept all her five events to take the top honors in the elementary level – a category for swimmers with ages 12-under.
The 10-year-old Soguilon bagged her first gold by dominating the 50-meter freestyle in 30.32 seconds. She followed it up with another gold-medal performance in the 50m butterfly after checking in at 32.42 seconds.
Soguilon, who represented the Aklan Swimming Team headed by his father Kokoy, continued her impressive showing as she ruled the 100m backstroke (1:17.78), 50m backstroke (34.01) and 50m breaststroke (40.32) events.
“My hard work during training paid off. I won’t be able to do this without the help of my parents [Vicky and Kokoy] and of course my coaches and my mentor PSL President Susan Papa. I just need to stay focused all the time to improve and win more medals,” said Soguilon, a veteran of international competitions.
Soguilon was named Female Swimmer of the Year during the PSL Annual Awards Night held in Boracay in April.
“She’s a talented and at the same time smart swimmer. She always breaks records during PSL’s National Series; she follows instructions so well that’s why she’s getting good results. We want to guide her until she becomes one of the country’s best swimmers in the future,” stressed PSL President Susan Papa.
This year, Soguilon has already bagged numerous medals in international competitions. She started it with a seven-gold medal romp in the 2015 Phuket Invitational Swimming Championship in Thailand in March then pocketed seven golds and three silvers in the 2015 Indian Ocean All Stars Challenge in Australia in April.
In August, she grabbed the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the 2015 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship by virtue of her five-gold, one-silver, one-bronze showing.