Age : 2001

Events : Butterfly

Place of Birth : General Santos City, PHI

Current City : General Santos City, PHI

International Debut : July 19, 2017

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Full Name : Kelsey Claire Montales Jaudian
Nick Name : KC

Birthday : January 16, 2001

Current City/Country : General Santos City, PHI

City/Country of Birth : General Santos City, PHI

Current Club : Dadiangas Torpedoes Swim Team

Current Coaches : Lepoldo Dacera IV (Hurry Dacera)

Past Club : None

Past Coaches : Martin Palacios & Erano Arcinas


Describe yourself :

I am someone who is constantly seeking for ways to improve one’s self. I set goals, I define the benchmarks then I put myself into action and most often than not, I exceed my own expectations.


What side or character of yours that would most likely surprise others?

My dedication to both my studies and swimming is something of a constant topic during family gatherings and such. I think it astonishes them how I manage to juggle school and trainings. I always tell them that it’s no hardship because swimming is my passion and education is the key to my future – I cannot forego one for the other and I don’t want to.


What age did you start swimming? What brought you to the sport of swimming?

I was 8 years old, in the 3rd grade. I was at a swimming resort with my family when I saw a bunch of swimmers practicing their swimming routines, I was very amazed with how they dive and swim. Then I remember, I simply drawn myself to the water and just like that, I knew I wanted to swim. .Much to my desire to practice swimming every day, I requested my parents to make a small pool in our backyard, wherein they taught me about the basics of swimming. Their main reason too was if one of us fell into the water we would be able to swim to safer. Later on, I wasn’t satisfied of the small pool that we have and with eagerness to further enhance my swimming skills, I asked my father to enroll me in swimming lessons, and since then, I trained hard that led me to gain numerous medals and trophies.


During your early years of swimming, have you ever thought that you will reach where you are now today as a swimmer? Why?

From the day that I started my formal trainings, I’ve dreamt of joining National competitions, yes, yet never did I imagine that not only will I be able to participate but also bag few medals including one (1) silver and one (1) bronze. The competition among swimmers is fierce and I know that taking home medals, takes more than daily trainings – you must put your heart and soul into what you’re doing


What do you think are the factors that make you a successful swimmer?

I am dedicated and passionate in what I do. Swimming is what I love and I never see it as a job that I have to labor on; instead, I see it as something that I look forward to doing every day. As Confucius has said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” This is exactly what I did. Furthermore, I have the best coach in town (Coach Hurry Dacera) who molded, encouraged, and motivated me to pursue my dreams to become a swimmer. Never a day that he was tired of honing my skills and never a time that he did not let me beat my own records. He was one of the few who believes that I can be even faster than I thought I could. Above all, to our Heavenly Father, who gives me the strength, wisdom, talent, and skills to become a swimmer, I owe everything to Him.


What is your most memorable experience as a swimmer?

My most memorable experience was not when I won my first medal – it was actually when I ALMOST won but did not. It taught me that, at that time, although I did my best, it still wasn’t good enough, that I still had a lot of things to improve upon. That experience pushed me to strive harder for those medals from the National Games and I guessed it was a good learning experience– I did get those medals after all. But still the fight is going on, I still have to push harder to bag “golds” in the future.


Apart from being a Summer Olympian, what is (are) your other goal(s) as a swimmer?

I am looking forward to being able to share my journey as an athlete to generations younger than mine. I want to encourage and inspire young competitors into following their dreams. They have to know that a swimmer’s key to success is not going against the wave but rather riding it.


Was there ever a time that you thought of quitting swimming? Why?

Doubts have certainly crossed my mind but I never did I think of quitting swimming. I have been in the water for most days of my life and I cannot simply comprehend the idea of not swimming anymore.


Who do you look up to as a swimmer? Why?

Just like with most athletes in the field of swimming, I draw inspiration from Michael Phelps. Not only has he accomplished so much as a swimmer – winning medals and setting records left and right – he is also an advocate of healthier lifestyle and a promoter of swimming as a sport. These are the kinds of campaigns that I see myself supporting.

Any specific routines before and during the meet or before a swim? What are these?

Stretching is a must, not just in swimming but with every other physical activity. After doing stretches, I visualize my swim to be perfect as much as possible – I imagine how the water and every ripple would feel around my body. I do this right before I jump into the water. This way, I am both physically and mentally prepared.


Please share some words of wisdom for swimmers who wish to be like you.

For all aspiring swimmers out there, always think that no matter how many deterrents you may encounter in your journey as an athlete, the end is more than worth the effort – TRUST ME. So just do your best, trust you’re yourself, put your heart and soul into what you’re doing. Beat your own best time. Don’t look for inspiration but go and be an inspiration to others.


Message to your supporters :

I, together with all other athletes, cannot stress enough how grateful I am of your support. Knowing that you see us as an inspiration is a much greater reward than any medal or cash prize we have received and we will ever receive. I hope that you’ll have the courage to pursue and to persevere for your dreams. It might be scary at first but just have faith in God above. He has plans for all of us.


2017 International Results

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200m Butterfly

9th ASEAN Schools Games, SIN