Saturday, November 08, 2008

Alaminian athletes off to Koronodal for Palarong Pambansa ‘07

Eight young and promising athletes left the city last week to compete in this year’s week-long Palarong Pambansa which will be held at Koronadal City, South Cotabato starting tomorrow.

The city’s athletes will test their mettle against the powerhouse teams from NCR, Visayas and Mindanao when they plunge into action on Monday.

The Alaminos City Division team is bannered by Billy Tanda, quadruple gold medalist in athletics elementary level during last month’s Ilocos Region Athletic Association Meet held in San Carlos City.

Also seeing action in this sporting event for elementary and high school students are gold medalists Peter Aldrick Bumagat( 400 meter hurdle and 4x100 meter relay), Mark Angelo Tugade( 800 meter and 1500 meter run), Pierre Lizander Co and Cliff John Domingo( 4x100 meter relay), Melanie Hope Douglas and Bobbie Ann Bautista and Jesselle Ann Serna (badminton doubles).

Dr. Arturo R. Viray heads the city’s 12-man delegation that include three coaches and trainors.

In his text message to Executive Assistant Jose Elvis TC. Sison, Viray, said his wards are in high spirit and are raring to show their worth.

Viray though admitted that the opposition is very strong based on his initial scouting on the teams fielded by different cities and provinces this year.

“But our athletes have a fighting chance,” stressed the education supervisor for MAPE/PEHM.

Viray said they’ve (athletes) waited for this moment and he is hoping that the team will again deliver.

“Our athletes will definitely do their best to win for Alaminos City as a way of thanking Mayor Hernani A. Braganza and the city government for the all-out-support and assistance tendered to the city’s youth and athletes,” he added.

Braganza, himself a sportsman and a benefactor, took a giant stride in revolutionizing the city’s sports and youth development program.

This, to keep pace with the changing time and the expanded demands and needs of the budding athletes while reshaping the future of sports in the city.

Since he assumed his post in 2004, the Mayor initiated year-round sports activities and quarterly sports clinics to promote various sports disciplines among young Alaminians.

According to Sison, Mayor Braganza also raised the budget for the continuous trainings of athletes competing in the division, provincial, regional and national athletic meets as well the MILO Little Olympics and other privately sponsored sports competitions.

The current Hundred Islands Youth and Sports Council adviser said the Braganza administration even set aside funds for the cash incentives for the winning athletes and their trainors/coaches, and hired and trained young coaches.

Also on the pipeline are the proposed constructions of major infrastructure projects such as a sports complex, swimming pool and an astrodome and the city is now on the process of locating the future development sites.

Sison further noted as an initial fruit of said long sports program of the Alaminos government, the city division’s recent campaign in IRAA Meet has been very successful, hauling a total of 14 golds, 10 silvers and 14 bronzes. (CIO)

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