The Philippines is a country where the achievements of exceptional athletes are celebrated, and the nation takes pride in their hard work and determination. Under Archimedes Lim and his group of coaches in CAL Swim School, careful tutelage and the proper motivation spurred on these outstanding young swimmers who are poised to become the best athletes that they can be. ————————————————————————————————————————————
Thirteen-year-old Raine has been swimming competitively under CAL Swim School for seven years. “Coach Archie saw [me and my siblings] swimming, and he spoke to our mom about joining the Ayala Harpoons,” she shared, citing Archie Lim’s recognition of their natural swimming ability early on as one of their motivations to first begin swimming competitively. After two years of training, she competed in the Hong Kong Mantas Swim Meet, her first international competition. Two years later, she broke her first record for the 100m breaststroke in her age group.
With Archie Lim as her coach, she has since garnered several more medals from international competitions, most recently from the 45th Singapore National Age Group Championship in Singapore Sports School, where she broke the junior Philippine record for 50m breaststroke for her age group.
Jeremy Lim, at age 16, has been swimming competitively since he was 8 years old. As a child, he always enjoyed swimming. With his mother’s encouragement, he first began his training as a competitive swimmer in Celebrity Sports Club before eventually joining the Ayala Harpoons under Archie Lim at age 11. “Knowing Coach Archie’s level of coaching and [the level] of speed his swimmers have reached, I know I can reach the same level if I work hard,” Jeremy shares about his coach.
In 2010, he qualified for swimming events for freestyle and butterfly in the SEA Age Groups Championships. To date, he has competed in swim meets in Hong Kong, Brunei, Indonesia, and most recently in Singapore, bagging several medals along the way.
Raegan, who is fifteen years old, has been a competitive swimmer for seven years. Initially, she and her siblings joined the Ayala Harpoons under Coach Archie Lim as a summer activity, but they continued till well afterwards. “[My siblings and I] have been with Coach Archie for the longest time,” Raegan says. “He doesn’t just help you physically. He also trains your mentality. Coach Archie’s helped me to become more positive about my swimming. More than training me to become a faster swimmer, he’s teaching me to be a more positive person.”
Her first international competition was in 2008 at the Hong Kong Mantas Swim Meet, where she placed in the top 8 in all of her events. She qualified for the SEA Age Group Championships two years in a row, from 2012-2013, where she represented the Philippines. Most recently, Raegan competed in the 45th Singapore National Age Group Championships this April 2014.
Chloe, at age 14, is a homegrown CAL Swim School athlete, where she started her first Learn to Swim classes at only 3 years old. “I found my passion for swimming when I graduated [from the program],” Chloe shares. Shortly afterwards, she joined the QCSC Buccaneers, headed by Coach Archie Lim. After training as a competitive swimmer for some time, her first international competition was at the Hong Kong Mantas Swim Meet when she was 9.
She won 3 silver medals in the SEA Age Groups Championships in Brunei, last June 2012. Today, Chloe has been training with the national swimming team since July 2013, where she was selected based on her impressive swimming performance. The high point of her swimming career so far? She beat the qualifying time B for the Youth Olympic Games in the 45th Singapore National Age Group Championship this April 2014. She hopes to compete in the Youth Olympic Games this August 2014.