OVER 50 members of the University of the Philippines swimming team recently trained at the New Clark City sports complex aquatics center.
“This pool is the first of its kind in the Philippines, and I think it will really help the development of competitive swimming in the country,” says UP men’s swimming team captain Hans Chua.
“Performance-wise, this kind of facility is an extra motivation, an extra push [to do] better. It simulates the competition type of environment,” said UP women’s team co-captain Nadine Tee Ten.
The Clark center is a big boost for UP team, since the university pool was closed for renovation.
“Swimming is a sport that takes a lot of training and practice to become better so we really train everyday,” UP women’s team captain Yssa Pogiongko.
“As much as we can, we train twice a day. We put so much effort in every training session, whether early in the morning or late at night.”
“Our athletes lack modern training facilities that they deserve that’s why we’re happy to host the UP varsity swimming team since New Clark City is built to be an inclusive city,” said BCDA president and CEO Vince Dizon.
The Aquatics Center in New Clark City features a 10-lane competition pool, eight-lane training pool, and a diving pool.
Accredited by the Federation Internationale De Natation (FINA), the Aquatics Center will host swimming, diving, water polo and artistic swimming competitions in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.