Filipino Swimmers Shine at 11th Asian Age Group Championships

Filipino Swimmers Shine at 11th Asian Age Group Championships

The prowess of Filipino swimmers continues to make waves as two young athletes who previously excelled in the Batang Pinoy National Championships have now left their mark on the international stage at the 11th Asian Age Group Championships.

Heather White and Jamesray Mishael Ajido showcased their talent by clinching third place in their respective events on Tuesday night at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac.

Sixteen-year-old Heather White, a Filipino-British swimmer based in Vietnam, delivered a stellar performance in the girls’ 15-17 100m butterfly event, clocking a personal best time of 1:03.09. Despite tough competition, White’s determination propelled her to the podium, securing the bronze medal. Reflecting on her achievement, White expressed her joy and gratitude for exceeding her expectations and bouncing back after a previous loss.

Meanwhile, Jamesray Mishael Ajido, hailing from Antipolo City and a Grade 8 student at La Salle Greenhills, made history by claiming the bronze medal in the boys’ 12-14 50m freestyle. Ajido’s impressive time of 24.34 not only marked a personal best but also set a new national record. His outstanding performance garnered praise and pride for representing the Philippines on the international stage.

Both White and Ajido showcased their exceptional talent and dedication, building on their successes in the Batang Pinoy competitions held in December. White, who clinched seven gold medals in the previous event, demonstrated her versatility and skill across multiple disciplines. Similarly, Ajido emerged as one of the most decorated athletes in his category, showcasing his potential for future success.

The achievements of White and Ajido underscore the Philippines’ growing presence and competitiveness in swimming at the regional level. Their success serves as an inspiration for aspiring young athletes and highlights the importance of grassroots programs like the Batang Pinoy in nurturing talent and fostering a culture of excellence in sports.