PHOTO: SLP officials led by president Fred Ancheta (far right) and chairman Joan Mojdeh (second from right) joins participants and local officials of Muntinlupa headed by Mayor Ruffy Biazon (fourth from left) during SLP organized Muntinlupa Swim Cup last year. GENIE VILLOTA
A TOTAL of 350 swimmers from over 20 clubs and organizations are confirmed to participate in the Mindanao Swim Series 1-Davao Del Sur Cup this weekend (Jan. 14-15) at the Davao del Sur Sports Complex swimming pool in Brgy. Matti, Digos City.
Organizing Swim League Philippines said that the two-day tournament is part of SLP’s continuing program to strengthen swimming at the grassroots level and provide adequate knowledge and training to coaches and technical officials in sports.
SLP president Fred Ancheta also said that the tournament is a pre-qualifying selection for team members who will compete in the Middle East Open in July in Dubai, as well as selection for members of the Philippine team that will participate in the Bangkok Invitation Schools and Universiade Games.
“We’re happy and proud to our Mindanaoan brothers who always support our grassroots program. We are with the call for unity to promote true reform in swimming and through these tournaments, we can prove that we value our young talents in Mindanao,” Ancheta said.
“We will approach our brothers and sisters in the provinces so that we can give them the opportunity to make it to the team without spending money for fare going to Manila,” added Ancheta.
SLP is also scheduled to hold the Mindanao Series 2-Zamboanga Swim Cup on June 17-18 in Zamboanga City, while the Visayas Series 1 will be held in Tagbilaran City on March 18-19 and the Series 2 in St. John Institute in Bacolod City on April 29-30.
“We are not just concentrating on Manila, we will be visiting the whole country to find talents that we can cultivate to become future National players,” he said.
Ancheta insisted that all SLP tournaments are open to everyone regardless of the affiliation.
“Everyone can join. No matter what swimming club or organization, no one will be left behind. Our purpose is sports development, so it is appropriate to be united and step forward on one direction,” said Ancheta.
Those interested in participating just send entries to [email protected] or contact Rolly Dela Cruz (0905-8479233 and 0919-5772982) and SLP (0917-714-0077).
To view SLP’s scheduled activities and tournaments for this year, visit SLP official Facebook page.