Eight swimmers who made a splash in the recently-concluded 52nd Philippine Swimming League (PSL) Leg Series dubbed as The Manila Times College Swimming Championship showed readiness to compete in the 2014 Western Province Aquatics (WPA) Swimming Gala in Cape Town , South Africa.
PSL-TMTC gold medalists Denjylie Cordero, McTracy John Alindogan, Jifrey Azor, Emanuel Joshua Lorbes, Portia Kate Doragos, John Carlo Doragos, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Kyla Soguilon are all set to vie for honors in the Cape Town Swim Gala is scheduled on February 8 to 10 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Aquatics Center.
The PSL, the national sports association for swimming of the Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines and the longest running swimming grassroots program in the country, named the eight swimmers to represent the country after their impressive showing in the PSL-TMTC swim meet on Sunday.
“Out of 100 million Filipinos and thousands of swimmers in our country, eight blessed swimmers will swim for the Philippines in Cape town, South Africa. I am happy for all of you that opened the eyes that you do not see Congratulations swimmers and parents,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The PSL chief also expressed gratitude on former senator and Diliman Preparatory School President Nikki Coseteng for her unwavering support to the PSL as well as the Qatar Airways, Unlitravel Online Inc. and Aqua Sphere for sponsoring the official track suit of the Philippine delegation.
“We are thankful that there are a lot of people who are willing to extend their support for our young swimmers. It motivates us to perform well in the competition and hopefully bring honors to our country,” added Papa.
Buddy Cunanan, Consul of Georgia in the Philippines, and Steven Chai-Mowitz, Honorary Consul of the Philippines in Cape Town , arranged the PSL-WPA tie up and was formalized during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Sandra Reynolds, executive member for marketing and public relations, UWC Aquatics manager Glen Bentley and Honorary Consul Chaimowitz were present during the MOU signing in December in Cape Town .
“Right now, our swimmers are training hard to make sure that they’re all prepared before going to Cape Town. It’s going to be a tough tournament as the best swimmers in the South African region are expected to show up,” stressed Papa.