Phil Star. Joseph said Lacuna and Alkhaldi are examples of how homegrown swimmers could blossom into Olympic qualifiers. “We were able to take homegrown talent, put them in serious training for six years since they were just 12 and 13 and six years later, mint new Philippine Olympians,” he said.
“Are they going to win in London? These kids are going to be up against swimmers 8 to 10 years older than them, who have swum millions of meters more than them annually. And had much more money invested in them than we could dream of. Jes and Jas are the future. They’ll compete in the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and one or two more Olympics if we can afford to keep them in the water... Read more
Phil Star. “Athletes are often confused between strength and conditioning, and bodybuilding,” said Sumulong.
For the ordinary athlete, building muscles mean building on strength, but the Filipino expert said it’s not always true, saying with added muscles, an athlete sometimes gives up a lot in strength and agility... Read more
PhilStar. In March, Smart also sponsored the national team competing for the Asian Cycling Championships and Asian Youth Championships both held in Malaysia.
“CYCLING is one of the sports we Filipinos can compete and excel,” said Epok Quimpo, Smart Sports Manager. “As we’ve seen in major Tours, Filipino cyclists are world-class bikers. With the qualification of Danny as the only Asian in the Olympics BMX event, this is a testament that we Filipinos can compete with the world. We hope Danny’s Olympic journey will inspire more Filipino kids to follow in his footsteps,” Quimpo added... Read more
PhilStar. “This is why, to all the nurses, midwives, or doctors who chose to serve in the barrios; to each new graduate who has chosen to work for the government; to each FILIPINO ATHLETE who proudly carries the flag in any corner of the globe, to each government official who renders true and honest service: You made this change possible. So whenever I come face to face with a mother who tells me, ‘Thank you, my child has been vaccinated,’ I respond: You made this happen,” Aquino said... Read more
by Rose Snyder, USOC (adapted from Ed Clendaniel's 10 Commendments for Little League Parents)
I. Thou shalt
not impose thy ambitions on thy child.
Remember that swimming is your child's
activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each
individual. Don't judge your child's progress based on the performance of other
athletes and don't push them based on what you think they should be doing. The
nice thing about swimming is every person can strive to do their personal best
and benefit from the process of competitive swimming.
II. Thou shalt be supportive no matter what.
There is only one
question to ask your child after a practice or a competition - "Did you have
fun?" If meets and practices are not fun, your child should not be forced to
III. Thou shalt not coach thy
You are involved in one of the few youth sports programs that offer
professional coaching, do not undermine the professional coach by trying to
coach your child on the side. Your job is to provide love and support and a safe
place to return at the end of the day. Love and hug your child no matter what.
The coach is responsible for the technical part of the job. You should not offer
advice on technique or race strategy or any other area that is not yours. And
above all, never pay your child for a performance. This will only serve to
confuse your child concerning the reasons to strive for excellence and weaken
the swimmer/coach bond.
IV. Thou shalt only have
positive things to say at a swimming meet.
If you are going to show up at a
swimming meet, you should be encouraging, but never criticize your child or the
coach. Both of them know when mistakes have been made. And remember “yelling at”
is not the same as “cheering for”.
V. Thou shalt
acknowledge thy child's fears.
A first swimming meet, 500 free or 200 IM can
be a stressful situation. It is totally appropriate for your child to be scared.
Don't yell or belittle, just assure your child that the coach would not have
suggested the event if your child was not ready to compete in it. Remember your
job is to love and support your child through all of the swimming
VI. Thou shalt not criticize the
If you do not care to devote the time or do not have the desire to
volunteer as an official, don't criticize those who are doing the best they
VII. Honor thy child's coach.
between coach and swimmer is a special one, and one that contributes to your
child's success as well as fun. Do not criticize the coach in the presence of
your child, it will only serve to hurt your child's swimming.
VIII. Thou shalt be loyal and supportive of thy team
It is not
wise for parents to take their swimmers and to jump from team to team. The water
isn't necessarily bluer in another team's pool. Every team has its own internal
problems, even teams that build champions. Children who switch from team to team
are often ostracized for a long, long time by the teammates they leave behind
and are slowly received by new team mates. Often times swimmers who do switch
teams never do better than they did before they sought the bluer
IX. Thy child shalt have goals besides
Most successful swimmers are those who have learned to focus on the
process and not the outcome. Giving an honest effort regardless of what the
outcome is, is much more important than winning. One Olympian said, "My goal was
to set a world record. Well, I did that, but someone else did it too, just a
little faster than I did. I achieved my goal and I lost. Does this make me a
failure? No, in fact I am very proud of that swim." What a tremendous outlook to
carry on through life.
X. Thou shalt not expect thy
child to become an Olympian.
There are 250,000 athletes in USA Swimming and
we keep a record of the Top 100 all time swimming performance by age group. Only
2% of the swimmers listed in the all-time Top 100 10 & Under age group make
it to the Top 100 in the 17-18 age group and of those only a small percentage
will become elite level, world class athletes. There are only 52 spots available
for the Olympic Team every four years. Your child's odds of becoming an Olympian
is about .0002%.
What does it really take to succeed at the Olympic level?
Starting early. This applies all throughout the process of trying to get into the Olympics from the time the athlete is a child. Scientific studies have shown that it takes about 10,000 hours to produce consistent world-class performance in any field, not just in sports. In ordinary terms, that is three hours a day for about 10 years. If a child begins training at the age of seven, he or she will be internationally competitive in his or her late teens, then build on that the next few years. Some world champions are still teenagers, after all... Read more
Phil Star. Caluag, 25, is the only Asian of 32 male qualifiers from all over the world. The BMX (Bicycle Motocross) event was introduced in the Olympic calendar in Beijing in 2008 with Latvia’s Maris Strombergs capturing the gold medal in 36.190 seconds. The schedule of competition is on Aug. 8-10 and will feature quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds. In each round, eight cyclists are engaged in a head-to-head battle, starting off with a ride down an eight-meter-high ramp then negotiating a dirt circuit that has a banked corner, S-bend transfer and jump marks. The quarterfinal and semifinals consist of three runs with the cumulative time determining the riders to advance. The finals will gather the top eight cyclists in a single-lap showdown... Read more
Phil Star. Hyman says in the interview with SL that much of the blame falls on parents’ laps who have usurped control of youth sports. “It’s not the presence of adults that is distorting youth sports. Rather the issue is our well-documented impulse to turn sports for children into a de facto professional league. Only the kids are losers here. Their voices are rarely heard, and then only to justify the questionable judgment of adults.” Hyman emphasizes that “already we’ve turned youth sports into highly rated prime-time TV programming worth millions of dollars to networks and their sponsors.”... Read more
Phil Daily Inquirer. “It’s really a blessing. It opened the
gates for challenged athletes in this sport,” said Garcia. “But the more common
response [among able athletes] was they have no more excuses now. Some people
would say I can’t train because I’m aching here and there. Now you can’t say it
because how can a person with a missing leg, a missing arm or a clubbed foot do
things you say you can’t?”... Read more