2 young swimmers in Legazpi haul 5 golds in Singapore meet; earn honors for PH

LEGAZPI CITY -– Two young swimming talents from this city have brought pride to the country after getting a haul of five gold medals in an invitational competition in Singapore early this month.

City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, in an interview Friday, commended 8-year-old Trump Luistro, and 11-year-old Isis Arnaldo for giving honor to the Philippines with the medals they brought home after competing in the Invitational Swimming Championship held at the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) last August 6-7.

Luistro got three gold medals in the 200-meter free relay, 200-meter medley relay and 50-meter breaststroke, and two bronze medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly. Arnaldo, on the other hand, was awarded two gold medals for besting competitors in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter medley relay.

Luistro, a Grade 3 student of the Legazpi Hope Christian School competed in the under 8 years old category while Arnaldo, a grade 6 student of Saint Agnes Academy, competed in the under 12 years old category.

Rosal said the two, who joined swimming clubs in the city while they were preschoolers, have the makings of future world champions.

After the triumph of Arnaldo and Luistro in Singapore, they will join the Philippine team in a competition in Japan, where they will vie for honors along with other Asian swimmers on Oct. 22.

Luis Luistro, Trump’s father and coach, said his son started his swimming career when he joined the Mayon Swimming Club at the age of five.

The elder Luistro said the SICC event was his son’s first international competition.

“But Trump had joined local swimming competitions in Bicol, National Capital Region, the province of Aklan and competitions in some Mindanao provinces before the Singapore event,” he added.

Trump’s father credited his son’s rigorous daily training for developing his swimming ability.

Meanwhile, Rowena Arnaldo, mother of Isis, said in an interview that her daughter started swimming when she was six years old.

She said Isis underwent tough training as a member of the Ibalong Magayon Agua Glider Swim Club before joining competitions in various parts of the country and in some international meets in Hongkong, Thailand and Singapore.

Isis’ mother said that aside from her daughter’s tough training in swimming, she also has to maintain high grades in her academic subjects because this was one of the requirements for her to join city meets and other local and international competitions.

She said she got a personal tutor for Isis so she can hurdle her academic subjects.

Rosal said the city government will provide full support for the two athletes to prepare them for the competition in Japan in October. Emmanuel Solis/PNA/northboundasia.com