PSA Milo Junior Athletes award for 2 young swimmersBy Jasmine W. Payo |Philippine Daily Inquirer
AXEL Toni Ngui and Kirsten Chloe Daos, two swimmers who made waves in separate national events, will be honored as the Milo Junior Athletes of the Year during the PSA-Milo Annual Awards Night this Saturday at the Centennial Hall of Manila Hotel.
Now a college freshman at Ateneo, Ngui captured seven gold medals for the National Capital Region in last year’s Palarong Pambansa where he also emerged as the Most Outstanding Athlete.
Ngui, who represented Xavier School, ruled the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly, and was part of the winning NCR team in the 400m free relay and 400m medley relay of the pool competition in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
Months later, the 18-year-old Ngui also powered Ateneo to its first UAAP men’s swimming title where he picked up six golds to cop Rookie of the Year honors.
Daos shone in the Batang Pinoy National Finals last year where the 15-year-old charmer bagged six golds.
An eighth grader at Immaculate Concepcion Academy in Quezon City, Daos topped the 100- and 200-meter butterfly, 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and added another gold in the 4x50m medley relay last December at Iloilo Sports Complex.
Daos hauled the same number of gold medals in the National Capital Region qualifier in Marikina City.
PSA president Rey Bancod of Tempo said Milo, a long-time supporter of youth sports in the country, and the country’s oldest media organization chose the swimmers to serve as model student-athletes.
Ngui and Daos join a roster of 59 sports personalities who will be feted on the gala night.