June 18, 2014 11:08 pm
by Emil C. Noguera
The Australian Embassy hailed the achievements of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) including its impressive campaign in the 2014 Australia Swimming Championships—Indian Ocean All Stars Swimming Challenge in Perth.
PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa along with delegation head Guia Llaguno, coach Ryan Robles and the nine swimmers were met by Australian Embassy officials headed by Senior Immigration Officer Ricardo Abusail Counselor for Immigration Ken McArthur and Manny Picardal.
“We are happy to meet these young boys and girls that participated in All Star Swim Challenge in Australia. This opens a good relationship between two countries, the Philippines and Australia. The participation of these young kids to the Indian Ocean has gained a big exposure and are already big winners,” said McArthur.
“Not everyone can experience and compete in an Australian competition. I am happy for these young swimmers and they performed very well. We followed the results reading the newspapers. Congratulations to all of you,” Abusail said for his part.
The PSL won 21 gold, six silver and eight bronze medals with promising tanker Sean Terence Zamora leading the charge with 11 mints. The other members were Lowenstein Julian Lazaro, Paula Carmela Cusing, Pauline Celine Cusing, Paul Christian King Cusing, Sean Elijah Enero, Martin Jacob Pupos and Delia Angela Cordero.
“The PSL got another commendation this time from Australian Embassy. Earlier, Sen. Nancy Binay honored our sterling campaign in Cape Town, South Africa. We’re happy that our efforts are being recognized,” said Papa.
The PSL and the Embassy also acknowledge the involvement of the Filipino communities— Mandurah and Perth—in Australia. They are Vicki Wother–spoon, Jorge Embido, Carmela Embido, Chit Gabunia, Ali Gabunia, Marino Solinas, Cecilia Bolasoc Orchard, Ofilia Leady, Bien dela Cerna, Rey Padernilla, Ramona Padernilla, Michael Soriano, Arturo Soriano, Rey Lucio, Fortune Villanueva, Nitoy Chan and Boyet Maribay.
“The Australian Embassy officers also talked to Zamora—the winningest swimmer in the tournament. Zamora said that he was a little bit bothered of the cold weather but immediately was able to adjust. He also said that he was inspired by the Filipino community to give everything,” Papa added.
Papa handed PSL official jackets to the Australian Embassy officers as show of appreciation.
PSL top backer former Senator Nikki Coseteng thanked the Australian Embassy “for allowing us to compete. Without them giving us visa, we wouldn’t be able to show the excellent art in swimming.”
The PSL has been successful in its international stints this year.
It started in February when the eight-member team copped 18 golds in the Cape Town Swim Gala in South Africa. They also grabbed eight golds in the Hong Kong Stingray Swimming Championship in May.