FINIS closes 2022 program with Long Course swim series

FINIS closes 2022 program with Long Course swim series

FINIS Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia poses with FINIS new brand ambassador National Junior record holder Jamesray Ajido

MANILA — The thrills of playing in an international-like swimming competition resumes as FINIS Philippines closes its 2022 calendar with the highly-anticipated National Long Course Swimming Competitions Series for the whole month of November.

FINIS Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia announced that young swimmers from the Visayas would be the first to experience the brand’s thrust in organizing quality competitions as Iloilo Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Iloilo City hosts the Visayas leg of the series on November 5-6, 2022.

National member and one of FINIS ambassadors Kyla Soquillon of Malay, Aklan is expected to lead participants to vie for pride, glory, and the once-in-a-lifetime shot to stardom as well as chances to join FINIS high-profile line-up of brand ambassadors.

“We did it in our previous short course meet, I’m confident that we will make it bigger and much better as we continue to inspire Filipino young swimmers through high-quality competitions,” said Garcia, an active triathlete and ‘Godfather’ to TODO Para-athletes team.

The Mindanao leg is set on November 12-13 at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Zamboanga, while the Luzon Leg is slated for November 26-27 at the New Clark City Aquatic Center at Capas Tarlac.

Garcia said that for the Visayas and Mindanao entry forms and info kits, interested individuals, schools, swimming clubs, and organizations are advised to send entries to events@finis.ph; leigh_sanchez07@yahoo.com; and renolddutchilla_1877@yahoo.com.ph.

While Luzon Leg entry forms and info kit is available at events@finis.ph; coachrichardluna@gmail.com; (cc: ricpolo12@yahoo.com).

Garcia revealed that the best and brightest swimmers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao legs will clash for the FINIS National Titles on December 17-18 at the New Clark City Aquatic Center where exciting special prizes await the Top 3 Swim Teams and the Most Outstanding Swimmers.

“Sa National Finals tiyak na lalong kapana-panabik ang mga laban dahil pagsasamahin natin ang lahat ng nag-top sa kani-kanilang event mula sa tatlong leg para malaman natin kung saan magmumula ang pinakamahusay nating swimmers,” added Garcia.

Garcia stressed that he is hopeful to discover more promising young swimmers from the series and be included in FINIS ‘Champions of Ambassadors.’ Aside from Soquillon and World Junior semifinalist Jasmine ‘Water Beast’ Mojdeh, FINIS also signed National junior record holder Jamesray Ajido as the new Brand Ambassador.

The 13-year-old Ajido holds the national junior record in 100-m Fly (58.82), 200-m Individual Medley (2:15.87), 400-IM (4:58.71), 200-m Back (2:17.09), 50- Fly (26.95) and 100- Back (1:03.28) he set during the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) Grand Prix and Asian age-group selection series this year.

“Ajido has a strong character, courage, and perseverance which exemplify FINIS brand producing high-quality products,” said Garcia

Aside from swimming, Garcia said FINIS is also helping and supporting kids’ triathlon with a similar championship series, duathlon, open water swimming and coaches education program.

In partnership with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA), FINIS is currently conducting face-to-face Coaches Certificate seminars for Level 1 to 4 at the Acropolis Green Sports Complex Clubhouse with no less than ASCA Director for International Clinics Chad Onken conducting classes.

“This is our way to help professionalized coaching in the country. Yung mga schools at swimming clubs, siyempre mas gusto nilang coach yung may malawak na kaalaman hindi lamang sa experience,” said Gacia. (ai/mtvn)

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