Bemedalled swimmer’s winning attitude

April 7, 2017

Each family has a gem and swimming sensation Kyla Ong Soguilon, shines the brightest for her family because she brings honor not only to them but to a bigger community as well.
 
Aklan’s 12-year-old Soguilon is a Grade 6 pupil of Kalibo Sun Yat Sen School,who was able to earn accolades no other junior swimmers in the country’s history has ever achieved. Foremost among these is winning the Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year Awards given by the Philippine Sportwriters Association (PSA), not just once but thrice in a row. She capped this with the coveted Milo Junior Athlete of the Year.
 
Kyla’s triumph in swimming is not easy -- as all stories of success go. She had her own share of insults and disappointments. These challenged her to discover what she needs to understand, and eventually,find out what the sport has to  offer.
 
Her father would always gently advise her to stay determined and disciplined,”Have faith in God and in yourself and you will not go wrong,” the elder Soguilon recalled. The advice was heeded and the results wereremarkable.
 
During last year’s 21st Milo Little Olympics Visayas Regional Finals held in Cebu, Kyla outshined Cebuana swimmer Lynette Ang in the elementary girl 50-meter backstroke with a time of 33.48 seconds– breaking Ang’s 1996 record of 33.81 seconds.
 
In her international stint, Kyla will always be proud of and grateful for her haul of 32 gold medals, 12 silvers, and two bronze medals in Japan, Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
 
During the 2016 Palarong Pambansa, she won four gold medals and two silver medals. She was then awarded as the Most Outstanding Swimmer and Most Bemedalled Athlete of the meet. She also joined the Batang Pinoy National Finals in Tagum City, Davao del Norte and won three gold medals, a silver and a bronze.
 
Her father disclosed that Kyla garnered an average of five gold medals in eight consecutive Philippine Swimming League (PSL) meets and was awarded Philippine Junior Athlete of the Year and Milo Junior Athlete of the Year last February 2017.
 
Kyla believes that success is at hand when one dives into the pool with a reason and a purpose. “To become successful, it is important for me to have the right attitude and the will to make a difference for my family and for my country,” she shared. The country has indeed found a gem in Kyla.  
 
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