Alaminos jins bag golds in MILO Little Olympics
Young jins of the newly created Hundred Islands Taekwondo Club (HITC) have proven anew that they could be at par with the best in Northern Luzon.
In the recently concluded 2006 Milo Little Olympics held at Don Narciso Ramos Sports Civic Center in Lingayen, Pangasinan and at the CSI City Mall in Dagupan City, Janrye Nineza and Melanie Hope Douglas bagged home the gold medals.
Nineza, a senior student from Colegio San Jose de Alaminos (CSJA) ruled the men’s junior class while Douglas of Holy Family Development Center outwitted her rivals in the elementary group height category.
Adding to the medal haul of the city is a silver medal snared by veteran campaigner Gilian Clarence Dela Cruz (elementary division) also from CSJA.
Settling for the bronze were Yvonne Manantan and Maureen Erika Garcia of Great Plebeian College and Neil Partick Reyes of CSJA (men’s elementary division)
Jose Elvis T. Sison, President of the Hundred Islands Youth and Sports Council said twelve athletes competed in a field of more than 3,000 young jins from regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera Autonomous Region representing 178 schools.
He said the city has also sent eight badminton players and a wood pusher in the said mini-Olympics and played well in the eliminations only to lose in the medal rounds.
According to Sison, badminton singles and doubles for boys and girls (high school division) (Boys) were ranked 4th place over-all from among the out of 35 participants.
“This is a good sign that we are on the right track as far as in the implementation of the sustainable sports program of Mayor Hernani A. Brganza is concerned," added Sison.
“But we need to work double time and strengthen our program to produce top caliber athletes and compete in highly competitive tournaments."
For the past few months, the HIYSC has been discussing and working with the City Schools Division Office as far as on coordinate efforts to bring back glorious days of sports in Alaminos.
Both the HIYSC and DepEd Alaminos are now busy preparing the time-table for the trainings and future competitions that the city’s young athletes would be participating.
Mayor Hernani A. Braganza, himself a sportsman, had revealed his plans to realize his noble vision for the city’s sports that include the construction of multi-million projects like sports and civic center and an Olympic-size swimming pool are now on the pipeline.
Early this year, the city government also opened the doors of Don Leopoldo Sison Auditorium to thousands of sports enthusiasts and budding athletes in the city to promote the various sports discipline and healthy lifestyle among the citizens.
He even cited that the center is a perfect avenue for the young athletes to hone their skills and gain new friend and more importantly prevent them from engaging into illegal drugs or being hooked by evil claws of vices and other forms of moral decadence.
In fact, the HIYSC is currently conducting series of trainings in these new sports for athletics, basketball, badminton, taekwondo and table tennis during week-ends.
Braganza once said that sports teaches the youth good virtues and sound work ethics like perseverance, respect, humility, self-discipline, sense of responsibility and concern for others and it also gives very rewarding experiences.
No wonder, the mayor vowed to provide additional funds and continue extending assistance and support leading to implementation of the city’s long-term sports and youth development programs. (CIO)