Thirteen year-old US based Filipino “AAAA” swimmer John Fri Clado could be a strong addition to the Philippine youth swim team, as he plans to renew his membership with the Philippine Swimming Incorporated and hopes to don the Philippine colors someday.
The former Lake City Swim Club member of San Pablo, Laguna has recently surpassed the 15-year-old 14-15 Boys 200m Individual Medley junior national record of Jonathan Villagracia (2:15.52) after clocking 2:14.57 at the PV LC 14 & Under Swimming Championship in USA last July.
His time of 2:15.52 in the 200m Backstroke and 4:50.89 in the 400m Individual Medley have also breached the silver medal times of this year’s SEA Age-Group Swimming Championship in Singapore.
Clado, who is turning 14 this August 24, could beef-up Philippines 14-15 Boys Team in next year’s SEA Age Group Swimming Championship as he plans to renew his PSI membership this year.
He started swimming at the age of 5 upon the recommendation of his doctor to improve his lungs and breathing problem.
With his will to learn and passion to excel in the sport of swimming, Clado was among the promising young swimmers of Lake City Swim Club under the close watch of Coach Jerry.
Clado and his mom then followed his father in US in September 2009, where he continued his swimming career with Rockville Montgomery Swim Club in Maryland, USA.
Now an in-coming grade 8 student at S Julius West Middle School of Rockville Maryland, Clado hopes to improve his times in every meet that he joins, and dreams of representing Philippines in the Olympics someday.
He is slated to join a major meet this August 6-9, at the Eastern Zone LC Championship, Richmond Virginia.
God bless John!