By Alexandria Bernabe
The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) has sent 20 young swimmers currently competing at the Panasonic 2012 Hong Kong Marathon Swimming cum Open Water Swimming Competition being held at the Tai Mei Tuk, Tai Po in Hong Kong from April 27 until April 29.
At the Sports Communicators Organization Of the Philippines (SCOOP) sa Kamayan forum in Padre Faura, Manila, former senator Nikki Coseteng said the young tankers are led by the winners in the 1st Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Competition last December.
The young swimmers include Paula Cayanan, a 12-year-old who became the most outstanding tanker in the December competition; and Ralph Kevin Claveria, a boy who saved lives during the Ondoy tragedy who is from Diliman Preparatory School.
Coseteng said these young hopefuls will be back in the country by next week right after honing their talents at the Hong Kong championships which is the first invitation they got after their competition last December.
“Hindi ka kailangang maging miyembro ng national team para sumali sa competition sa ibang bansa,” said Coseteng.
Last April 14, the PSL also organized the Gov. Alfonso Umali Swimming Cup at the Jose J. Leido Jr. Memorial National High School (JJLJMNHS) in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
Coseteng said the PSL is currently conducting a talent search program to develop good athletes, especially in swimming.
The former senator also announced the 2nd Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Competition slated on May 19-20 at the Rizal Memorial Swimming Complex in Manila.