A special race exclusively for budding Capiceño triathlon athletes aged 16 to 19 years will be a new category of the 2nd Capiz International Triathlon dubbed “TriAksyon 2018” on April 14 to 15 in the aim to discover and develop local sports heroes for the multi-sport competition.
“We are going to develop and give special attention to the winners until they become our national heroes for the sports,” said TriAksyon 2018 chairperson Greg Atienza during a recent media interaction for the upcoming international event.
TriAksyon 2018, which highlights the province’s charter anniversary celebration, is expected to be bigger and more star – studded with the confirmed participation of triathlon Southeast Asian Games medalists Nikko Huelgas and John Leerams Chicano, national medalists and celebrity athletes, among others.
“Let the elite and professionals, including the kids, fight in their own category as we will have our own special race,” he added.
Philippine Triathlon Team coach Melvin Fausto supported the new category noting that there is a need to develop and create future sports heroes as triathlon medalists like Huelgas and Chicano will move on to their respective careers in the future.
“We need new champions and I am sure we can develop in Capiz,” he stressed, adding that that a junior triathlon athlete who won in last year’s TriAksyon is a product of a local sports hero program in Cebu.
The coach also gave assurance to help local coaches in training qualified triathlon winners of the category.
The “swim, bike and run” contest intends to develop kids into the sports and promote the province as a sports tourism destination.
Triathletes will be treated to scenic views, historic sites and gastronomic local cuisines adventure, among others.
Roxas City is known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines and Capiz province claimed to be the “Seafood Trip Tourism of the Philippines are ideal sites for athletes and guests who want to enjoy the natural topography of rolling mountains, a city by the sea, best seafoods and captivating historical landmarks.
PH Marathoner Set to Brave North Pole Race
A Filipino athlete will try to brave the cold weather of the North Pole as he joins the FWD North Pole Marathon on April 9.
Forty-year-old Louie Sangalang was introduced to the media at the Mind Museum Auditorium in Taguig on Tuesday as the first Filipino to run a full 42-km. race throughout the northernmost point of the world.
“I’m very happy and excited to represent the country kasi (because) this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” said Sangalang, a cancer survivor who turned into sports to get his full strength back.
Aside from running, Sangalang is also into cycling, swimming — he is a triathlete — and even mixed martial arts. He once held the Universal Reality Combat Championship featherweight belt, aside from his running and triathlon trophies.
Currently, he is under the tutelage of personal coach Ige Lopez, renowned triathlon coach Ani Brown, Mt. Everest conqueror Romi Garduce, and TV and radio host Sam Gogna, who himself is a marathon runner.
“We’ve been training for this marathon by doing a lot of long runs,” Sangalang continued, baring that he added a trail run to his training.
On his preparations for the -30-degree Celsius temperature of the North Pole, Sangalang said, “We’re doing it in stages. The first phase is basically terrain and mileage. The second phase is going to be acclimatizing to the cold.”
Sangalang’s team will depart for Tromso, Norway on March 30 to start the acclimatizing phase. The team will then head to the Longyearbyen for the final stages of preparation before going to the North Pole for the race itself.
Young Athletes Urged to Become World-Class
World boxing legend Sen. Manny Pacquiao Monday urged young athletes competing in the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) in Davao City, to strive on becoming world-class athletes.
“When you focus on your dream don’t let the negatives and you should always be positive,” said Pacquiao who graced the ongoing regional meet in Davao City.
Pacquiao believes that the next world boxing champion or gold medalists for the 2020 Olympics will be coming from the region’s athletes The senator also shared with the athletes some values that are useful in achieving their goals.
First is discipline. Pacquiao said it is one of the important traits that an athlete should have because they will not be succeed without it.
He said if discipline is always present, their body, mind and even emotion will be prepared well.
Pacquiao said the focus is also important since it will help them achieve their set objectives in every game.
He said the athlete will not attain their goals if their attention will be divided in every training.
Lastly, resilience. He said this will help them rise in times of defeat.
Pacquiao said in every defeat, athletes should learn to accept defeats, rise and fight again since it is part of the game.
Pacquiao also emphasized the importance of preparation of every athlete in facing their battle.
This, as over 5,000 athletes gathered in the city to compete in the 21 sporting events to earn a spot for the Palarong Pambansa.
Winners of these sporting events will represent the Davao Region in the national games in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Nat’l SCUAA Kicks Off in Antique
The National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) formally opened in Antique province with around 7,000 student-athletes and coaches from all over the 17 regions of the country.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), National Youth Commissioner Dino Badilla said this sports event that would reel off until February 24 is a milestone to the history of Antique province and the University of Antique (UA) which for the first time is hosting this event.
“Hosting the National SCUAA is a milestone and pride of Antique,” Badilla said.
He said that other provinces had been hosting the National SCUAA for several times already but that Antique for a very long time had not hosted the national event.
“I am happy to be one of the organizers… to be a part of it,” Badilla said.
For the athletes, Badilla wished them well as they compete in the 21 sports events like archery, athletics, arnis, and badminton starting tomorrow.
“Sana may marami silang makilala na katunggali,” he said.
He also said that hopefully, they would learn more about their sports as they compete and that they would be able to bring home many good memories.
He said that athletes should do their best because not only would their tournaments be seen around the country but even by their family members outside of the country.
He also said that for UA, headed by President Pablo Crespo, they have very good preparations and hopefully more national sports events would be held in the province.
During the opening program, the 2,000 students of UA had their PASUC Unity Dance which was greatly admired by spectators.
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Gilas’ February Pool Finally Complete in Practice
The Gilas Pilipinas pool to the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers February window is finally in full force.
All the 15 members of the national team pool that will be the basis of the lineup for the games against Australia and Japan on Feb. 22 and 25 respectively showed up during the daily practice at the Meralco Gym in Pasig on Tuesday night.
Twelve of them, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Japeth Aguilar, Matt Wright, Kevin Alas, Carl Cruz, and Jio Jalalon, took part in the practice proper, where they participated in scrimmages with African players led by former Ateneo player Chibueze Ikeh.
Troy Rosario also suited up in practice after a scary fall last week in TNT’s game against Phoenix, but he was limited to shooting drills.
“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” said Coach Chot Reyes. “He’s cleared to do light workouts and shooting drills but not really full contact.”
Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo also attended the training session, but they were relegated to observers.
Reyes then bared that Ravena called in sick.
Four members of the Gilas Cadets also joined the practice in CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Arvin Tolentino, and Kenneth Tuffin.
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