Our Featured Swimmers
Sam had her first learn-to-swim class at the old pool of Colegio San Agustin in the summer of 2006. It was just a two-week class but she loved the water so much that when she completed the program, she begged her parents for her to re-enroll for the next batch…and again, the third batch. From then on, swimming became a big part of her and her family’s life. She tried out and got accepted to the CSA Varsity Swim team in her second grade (academic year 2010-11). The establishment of the Golden Sea Eagles Swim Club in 2013 was a welcome development, because apart from convenience, the club is managed by Olympian swimmer Akiko Thomson, with a bevy of high caliber coaches led by National Team Swimmer Doll de Guzman.
Fast forward to 2017, Sam who is now in Grade 9, has reaped multiple awards and medals from having competed twice in the Palarong Pambansa, twice in the Batang Pinoy National Games, thrice in the HK Mantas Swim Meet and various national and international competitions. She is now part of the Junior National Training Pool where she represented the country thrice in the Southeast Asian Age Group competition, as well as in the 6th Children of Asia Games in Russia. She is the current junior national record holder for the 50m backstroke in her age group.
Sam continues to balance her studies and swimming, making sure that her grades are not affected by the sport.
Despite the many sacrifices she had to make, she continues to enjoy the sport where she has also gained so many friends.
With Sam’s dedication, hard work and perseverance, we know the best is yet to come.