The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be sending a strong 26-tanker delegation to the 2018 Tokyo Invitational Swimming Championship scheduled on October 13 to 16 aat the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool in Tokyo, Japan.
Leading the squad are tankers from General Santos City handled by newly-appointed PSL Regional Director for Mindanao Bob Palacios — a former national swimmer and veteran of international competitions himself during his prime.
“Philippine Swimming League recently appointed Bob Palacios as Regional Director for Mindanao. They will be leading our campaign in the Japan competition. Palacios was a former national swimmer. He really wants to support the grassroots developmental program of PSL,” said PSL president Susan Papa.
Eighteen GenSan swimmers will be seeing action in the four-day meet led by Zaine Abao, Phelicity Bose, Phency Bose, Charmella Caparos, Francisco Cordero III, Nova Estrada, Anika Galaraga, Nino La Torre and Vince Rey Navarro.
Also expected to made huge waves in Japan are Lia Pabellon, Saira Pabellon, Bianca Real, Ellaiza Rojo, Jie Talosig, John Talosig, Cyrryl Vallar, Isidore Warain and Izyndro Warain.
Joining them in the team are reigning Swimmers of the Year Marc Bryan Dula of Masville Elementary School-Paranaque and Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque as well as Aishel Cid Evangelista of West Manila Christian School.
The other members of the delegation are Richelle Anne Callera, Behrouz Mohammad Mojdeh, Trump Luistro, Armaine Bayubay and Euri Torrefiel, coach Alexandre Papa and National Capital Region Regional Director Joan Mojdeh.
“We are looking forward to win gold medals in this competition. These young swimmers have prepared hard for this and we’re optimistic of our chances. It’s a good exposure for our young swimmers expecially those who are first-timers,” added Papa.