By Cip D.C. Cabrera
National junior standout and record holder Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh competes in this year’s Finis Short Course Swim Championship National Finals at the New Clark City Aquatic Center in Tarlac. (Photo: Balita)
NEW CLARK CITY, Tarlac — Over 300 of the country’s best and brightest young swimmers began arriving on Friday to take center stage in the 2022 Finis Short Course Swim Championship National Finals at the vaunted Olympic-standard New Clark City Aquatic Center in Tarlac this weekend.
The delegates who came from across the archipelago checked in at the national swimming team’s new home in Tarlac to start their scheduled training sessions arranged by the organizing committee headed by Finis Philippines managing director Vince Garcia.
“This is it. We’re now in the exciting part of the competition after the culmination of the Mindanao leg last August 6 to 7 in Digos City,” Garcia enthused.
The best 16 young swimmers from each event after the qualifying stage which started in April with the Luzon leg followed by the Visayas leg in July will vie for pride and glory in the final round of the national championships.
Apart from being given the honor to represent the country in international competitions, winners here will receive elegant medals while a training package awaits those who can surpass the national record.
“We’re coming out with this package to really inspire our young swimmers. Actually, we’re doing this kind of training program for our swimming ambassadors like Kyla Soquillon and Jasmine Mojdeh. We’re planning to send them to the Finis training center in the United States in the future,” Garcia pointed out.
“I want to inspire our young swimmers, that’s my long time dream. Gusto kong makita silang nagko-compete sa isang torneo na parang lumalaban ka na sa international event not just sa environment, sa medalya, but sa uri ng mga technical personnel,” the Finis executive added. (ai/mtvn)