The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) declared Edwin Valdez of Cavite Sailfish and Richard Ryan Robles of Manila Central University-R3 as the Coaches of the Year based on criteria set by the association.

    “Both has a remarkable achievements based on their performance, participation and attitude. As much as we emphasize to all outstanding swimmers that goes also to the coaches must be completely and consistently outstanding in all areas,” PSL President Susan Papa said.

    Both Valdez and Robles tallied 66 percent, edging other candidates including

    Manuel De Leon of Aklan Swimming Team, who got 59 percent and Virgie De Luna of Quezon Killer Whales, who had 58 percent.

    The other nominees were Alexandre Papa of Susan Papa Swim Academy, Joselito Andaya of JA Swim Team and Fernando Yumol of Elite Swim Team.

    “We monitored how coaches present themselves in a professional manner, the basic ethics such as dress code, submit entries on time, are they coaches who encourage in recruiting swimmers from other teams, manipulate swimmers in not joining competitions because they don’t like the host, the organization—All of those count as we evaluate them. And finally, if they are fair and just in all their doings and have the passion in sports,” added Papa.

    The Most Improved Swimmer of the Year for girls was Chloe Anne Fabic of Joey Andaya Swim Team. Fabic earned 60 percent to beat Marikina Aquabears tankers Aubrey Tom (59) and Aalia Jaine Espejo (52).

    Elite Swimming Team’s Jeffrey Michael Hirao, who competed in Singapore and Bangkok international competitions and local tournaments, bagged the Most Improved Swimmer of the Year for boys.

    He garnered 78 percent followed by Susan Papa Swim Academy’s Inaki Lorbes, who had a close 77 percent and Daryl Concepcion of Diliman Preparatory School, who got 55. The other candidates were Joey del Rosario of Susan Papa Swim Academy, Drew Benett Magbag of University of the Philippines Integrated School and Carlos Joaquin Arenas of Camp Aguinaldo Streamline.

    The Swimmers of the Year as well as the Rookies of the Year will be announced on Monday. All results are final, according to Papa.

    “Character building, responsibility, accountability and gratitude are extremely important qualities that should be inculcated in athletes. Often these are overlooked as emphasis is given to skills development or mastery. In the end the person’s character drags a person down the drain. An outstanding athlete shoud give equal importance to academics. It should be part of her holistic development,” stressed former senator Nikki Coseteng.


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    1. A job well done to the PSL officials for honoring those who excel efforts to develop swimming in the country.