The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) resumes its grassroots development program with the staging of the 164th PSL National Series–1st Susan Papa Unity Cup scheduled on Sunday at the Diliman Preparatory School swimming pool in Quezon City.
More than 600 tankers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will see action in the one-day tournament to be staged in honor of the late coach Susan Papa — the founder and former president of PSL.
Under Papa, the association has produced a number of top caliber swimmers including Philippine national junior record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh and Palarong Pambansa multi-gold medalist Marc Bryan Dula — both members of the Susan Papa Swim Academy swimming team.
“It’s the legacy of my sister Susan and I know she’s happy that someone’s continuing her program. We would like to thank all those who have extended their support,” said PSL president Alexandre Papa.
The competition also serves as qualifying to select swimmers to compete in the international competitions in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Thailand and the United States.
“The swimming competition is open to everyone. It is very easy to join the competition as you don’t need to pay for any membership. We are happy with the turnout of this edition in terms of number of participants who registered as early as last month,” added Papa.
Teams from Alabang, Bicol, Pampanga, Davao, Surigao, Aklan, Cavite , Laguna, Paranaque, Quezon Province, Mindoro, Calapan, Paranaque, Quezon City, Caloocan City, Taguig, Antipolo, Marikina, Pasay, Bulacan, Novaliches, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu and Baguio have already confirmed participation.
“The Philippine Swimming League continues to launch its grassroots development program. We hope to find more talents from different parts of the country and we will continue the search to give more swimmers opportunities to compete in international competition,” Papa said.
Medals and trophies are up for grabs in different categories, namely 6-under, 7-year, 8-year, 9-year, 10-year, 11-year, 12-year, 13-year, 14-year and 15-over in boys and girls.
“We like them to learn to be competitive but also see the beauty of the world and learn different culture and also to educate them through traveling and making friends,” Papa added.