Young tanker Mojdeh embraces ‘heart strong’ mantra

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At a very young age, young swimmer Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh has already embraced the responsibility of donning the national colors in international scene.

One week before the 20th Singapore Open Invitational Midget Meet, the eight-year-old Mojdeh was under the weather but it didn’t stop her from training. She wants to make it sure that she’s in perfect condition before going to Singapore.

And she didn’t disappoint the country as she reigned supreme in the girls’ 8 years 25-meter butterfly in 17.86 seconds beating tall rivals Wang Ni Tang of Singapore (18.16) and Wu Xinyue of China (18.31), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.

“Jasmine made it despite being sick two weeks before the competition. She was still under antibiotics with one week to go. But the fighting spirit of this kid is unbelievable. She’s just to passionate in what she’s doing,” said PSL President Susan Papa, who monitored the training of Mojdeh at The Village Sports Club in Parañaque.


“We’re just so happy with her performance in this competition. We would like to thank Lord Almighty and our coaches Alex Papa, Efraim, Marlon, Jay and swimmer/puller Marc Dula. And the parents Joan and Modj, in cooperating with the program and great job in curing her from sickness,” added Papa.

In 2013 at the Royal Bangkok Swimming Meet, Mojdeh was hospitalized for a day due to food poisoning but still insisted of continuing her national duties.

“Before the [Day Two] competition proper, she listened to the theme song of [the movie]Rocky and got inspiration from that song. She got up and told the team that she will swim for the team and for the Philippines,” narrated by her mom Joan.

Mojdeh’s effort was not wasted though as she and teammates Jaz Villanueva, Sophia Villamil and Kyla Soguilon, won gold medals in the 8-under 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay.

“Her passion is just awesome. This kid is a fighter and this is a good sign that we have a bright future in swimming,” stressed Papa.

Recently, Mojdeh won the Most Outstanding Swimmer award in the 2014 Singapore Invitational Swimming Championship. She also competed in the 2014 Western Cape Swimming Gala in Cape Town, South Africa in February and was adjudged as the Darling of the Crowd.

“It was such a hard journey getting here but with prayers and hardwork among coaches, parent and Jasmine, indeed it was such a sweet victory. We hope she can do it again next year,” ended Joan.

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