The Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) held its National Congress Annual Meeting and Election of members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) on Monday, April 11 at the New Coast Hotel in Manila.
Nine members were duly elected in the said meeting attended by 61 of 68 active members of the national sports association (NSA), where 46 were physically present and 15 were duly represented by their proxies.
Heading the elected members of the incoming BOT is current president Maria Lailani Velasco, who also reported on the activities of the PSI since the start of the term of the then-outgoing BOT in 2018.
Velasco proudly reported that the PSI had no unliquidated items with the Philippine Sports Commission, thereby granting them funding for successful meets locally like the 2021 PSI Swimming National Selection Bubble and the 2022 PSI National Open.
The NSA was also able to send participants to various FINA events, the latest being the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Abu Dhabi in 2021. Over the last few years, it also strengthened its ties with the Asia Swimming Federation and the International Swimming Federation (FINA) granting PSI the right to host the now-postponed 11th Asian Swimming Championships.
Sherwyn Santiago joins Velasco in representing the NCR in the organization’s incoming BOT. From the Northern and Central Luzon is Jefferson Lao; for Palawan, Southern Tagalog and Bicol are Toyskie Dalisay and Lea Antig; for Visayas are Vero Paloma Jr. and Robb Tan; and for Mindanao are Egay Lora and Toni Mendoza.
The newly-elected BOT now turns its attention to a busy 2022 with the 31st SEA Games, 19th FINA World Championships, and the 19th Asian Games coming up.