BORACAY: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has officially awarded the Swimmer of the Year trophies to Sean Terence Zamora (male) and Kyla Soguilon (female) during the 2015 PSL Awards Night held at the Boracay Regency Convention Center here.
Zamora, an incoming Grade 10 student at University of Santo Tomas, made an impact in the 2014 Indian Ocean All-Stars Challenge in Australia, Hong Kong Stingrays Swim Meet and Singapore Swimming competition, having won the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) awards in those competitions. He also broke two national records—the 50-meter backstroke and 200m Individual Medley.
The 10-year-old Soguilon, on the other hand, has been a consistent gold medal producer in international competitions in South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. She also won numerous MOS trophies in the PSL Leg Series and broke a number of records.
“Being selected as the Swimmer of the Year is not just an honor but it’s actually a big responsibility. We need to be a good example to other swimmers/athletes especially the young ones,” said the 14-year-old Zamora.
For her part, Soguilon said “in behalf of all swimmers, we would like to thank the PSL, Coach Susan Papa and Doc Susan Benasa for helping us in achieving our dreams. We are praying that they won’t be getting tired of doing something that will benefit young swimmers like me.”
The other awardees were Martin Jacob Pupos and Aubrey Ybanez (Rookies of the Year), Edwin Valdez and Richard Robles (Coaches of the Year), Chloe Fabic and Jeffrey Hirao (Most Improved Swimmers), Zamora and Soguilon (People’s Choice Swimmers of the Year), Rio Lorenzo Malapitan and Ybanez (People’s Choice Rookie of the Year), Chloe Marie Fabic and Joey Del Rosario (People’s Choice Most Improved Swimmers), and Robles (People’s Choice Coach of the Year).
“We will continue our grassroots development program in an effort to discover fresh talents from different parts of the country. And we want to reiterate that we are doing this without any financial support from the government but it won’t stop us from helping these young swimmers,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The PSL is a national sports swimming association for Universities and Colleges accredited by the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (Fessap), internationally affiliated member of Federation of International Sports University (FISU).