Caption: Vince Garcia (third from left) with American coach Chad Onken and ASCA certified coaches
FINIS Philippines kicks off its National Long Course Swim Competition Series with the staging of the Visayas leg this weekend (Nov.5-6) at the Iloilo Sports Complex Swimming pool at La Paz, Iloilo City.
Chief organizer and FINIS Managing Director Vince Garcia said over 200 swimmers from 25 teams and clubs have confirmed participation in the tournament serving as the final program and activities of the brand this year.
“We’re happy and proud, despite the enormous effect of typhoon ‘Paeng’ in the region, a huge number of teams have confirmed their participation. Yung resiliency nila is very commendable and we in FINIS is doing our best to provide them an internationally-like competition environment,” said Garcia.
Garcia said Bacolod-based clubs such as John B. Lacson Swim Team, Megakraken, Aklan, Iloilo Tigershark and Capiz Turboshark have sent big delegation hoping to clinch slots for the National Finals in December.
Other teams which received Meet Info kits and entry forms including Binarayan Tadpole Swimming Club, Bohol Splashers, Buddy Swim Team, Capiz Eaglerays, Capiz Turbo Shark, Iloilo Starfish, Iloilo Tiger Shark, JBLFMU Dolphin, Salabite Swim Sting, Silay Orca, Sta Fe Crocs and University of San Carlos.
National member and one of FINIS ambassadors Kyla Soquillon of Malay, Aklan is expected to lead participants vie for pride, glory in this once-in-lifetime shot to stardom as well as chances to join FINIS high-profile line-up of brand ambassadors.
“This is an off shoot to the previous short course series we organized, so we expected the best of the Visayas to show up to form a competitive squad in the National Finals,” said Garcia.
Top swimmers in the Visayas leg as well as in scheduled Mindanao leg on November 12-13 at the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Zamboanga, and the Luzon Leg slated November 26-27 at the New Clark City Aquatic Center at Capas Tarlac will clash for the National diadem on December 17-18 also in Clark.
Garcia also expressed his gratitude to the support and cooperation of local coaches in the culmination of the FINIS-American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Swim Coaching Certification Clinics last October 27-31 in Acropolis, Quezon City.
“A big kudos to our ASCA Certifier Coach Chad Onken in conducting the clinics and sharing a wealth of his experiences as an elite swim coach. Pasalamatan ko lahat ng sumali ng Swim Coaching Certification ng ASCA. Baka maulit namin sa March 2023. Hintay lang ng announcement sa maraming mga nag inquire kelan ang susunod,” quipped Garcia, an active triathlete and ‘Godfather’ to TODO Para-athletes.