The Caloocan City Government praised the Sharpeedo Swim Team for bringing home several awards from the Asian Open Schools Invitational (AOSI) Aquatics Championships 2023 which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo “Along” Malapitan gave commendation to the team for giving honor to the Philippines and to Caloocan City. The youngest member, Pia Severina Magat, aged 5, bagged the most number of awards which include Most Outstanding Swimmer award, Best Performer (Foreign- Girl) award, 7 gold medals and a bronze medal.
“I’m extremely proud of Pia Severina Magat at sa buong Sharpeedo Swim Team sa pag-uuwi ng karangalan para sa ating bansa at sa lungsod ng Caloocan,” said Mayor Malapitan who met with the team before and after the competition.
“Tunay pong nakakabilib ang galing ng ating mga Batang Kankaloo; ang Sharpeedo Swim Team po ay itinanghal bilang third runner-up out of the 53 teams na sumali sa kompetisyon. Talagang sinulit nila ang suporta ng Lungsod ng Caloocan sa kanila,” he added.
Meanwhile, Caloocan Sports Development and Recreation Office Chief Dindo Simpao declared that the city government will continue to hold sports activities and physical fitness programs to discover and hone more potential athletes in Caloocan.
“We’re lucky because Mayor Along is very supportive of our sports program. Medyo matagal din na naging limitado ang mga sports activities dahil sa pandemya kaya dodoblehin namin ang effort sa paghahanap at pagsuporta sa mga atleta na tubong Caloocan,” he said.
Simpao, who used to be the Philippine Taekwondo Team Training Director and an Olympic coach, also reiterated the directive of Mayor Malapitan to utilize the different facilities of the city for the sports activities and create world-class athletes that could compete in international sporting events.
“We already started competing in national events and we are out to prove na world-class ang galing, talento and abilidad ng mga Batang Kankaloo,” Simpao said.