DAGUPAN CITY – The Balon Dagupan gymnastic Team brought home seven gold, 30 silver and 36 bronze medals when they competed in the recently concluded Antipolo Gymnastics Friendship Meet held on July 29 in Antipolo City where they placed fourth among the eight teams that participated in.
These medals totaling 73 were won by 17 young gymnasts from the different private and public schools in Dagupan who competed in levels one and two categories.
The gold medalists were led by Andrea Venese P. Robosa of Wonderland School of Dagupan who accounted for two gold medals in the beam and floor exercises. Robosa also won three silver medals in bars, vault and in Individual All Around performance.
Individual All Around bronze medalist Alessandra Dailey of Ednas School Dagupan also bagged a gold medal in floor exercise as well as a silver medal for vault category and two more bronze medals in bars and beams categories.
The other gold medalists are Railyn Mae De Guzman of the Pogo Chico Elementary School (vault), Lara Faye V. Concepcion of East Central Integrated School (bars), Jemimah Kiziah Fulay of Victoria Q. Zarate Elementary School (beam) and Kielle Ylisah Llamas Ussher of Oakridge International School of Young Leaders (bars).
They also hauled multiple medals, with De Guzman winning two silver medals for floor and bars category and bronze for beam category; Concepcion won three silver medals for vault, beam and floor categories; Fulay, three silver medals for bars, floor and vault and a bronze medal for Individual All Around; and Ussher winning three bronze medals for vault, floor and beam categories.
Other medalists include Madeline Isabel Reyna How of Mother Goose Playschool – two silver medals for bars and vault and two bronze medals for floor and beam; Caryl Elisha Navalta of the Philippine School of Tomorrow – three silver medals for bars, vault and floor categories and one bronze medal for beam category; Ronallysa Cora Julia Rosal of North Field Academy – three silver medals for floor, beam and vault and two bronze medals for bars and overall ranking; Patrize Julianna Rimando of Ednas School Dagupan – two silver medals for vault and floor categories and two bronze medals for bars and beam categories; Beatrice Andrea Esguerra of La Marea Academy – one silver medal for vault category and three bronze medals for bars, beam and floor categories; Princess Pauline Fabia of Ednas School Dagupan – one silver medal for vault category and three bronze medals for bars, beam and floor category; Lara Faith Concepcion of East Central Integrated School – two silver medals for vault and bars categories and two bronze medals for beam and floor categories; Zoe Bettina Ilaw of St. John Cathedral School – two silver medals for vault and floor categories and three bronze medals for bars, beam and Individual All Around; Raffi Shantlle De Vera of La Marea Academy – two silver medals for vault and beam categories and two bronze medals for floor and bars categories; and Savanna De Vera of La Marea Academy and Princess Agatha Marie De Guzman of Escuella De Nuestra Senora De Lasalette, both winning four bronze medals each in four categories.
DAGUPAN ATHLETES COMPETE IN NAT’L, INT’L MEETS
Meanwhile, other Balon Dagupan athletes continue to shine in national and international competitions.
Balon Dagupan swimmers Janelle Alisa Frances Lin of Genesis School (14-15 years old girls age group) and Mark Bryan Rioflorido of Lyceum Northwestern University (13 years old and under boys age group) qualified and competed in the 42nd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships held at the TRACE Aquatic Center in Los Baños, Laguna on July 6 to 8, with Lin bagging a bronze medal in the 4×200 Freestyle Relay. The swimmers were trained under the auspices of Junior Philippine Team Assistant and Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) Coach Jefferson Lao.
Chess player John Ruiz Bravo of La Salette School landed the tenth overall ranking in the Open under 16 Standard Age Group Category of the 19th ASEAN + Age Group Chess Championships held at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City from June 18 to 28. He was trained and accompanied by DCSC Coach German Francisco.
Meanwhile, Jared Cole Sua of Mother Goose School received the Children’s Game for Peace Award in Archery during the 1st SIKLAB Sports Youth Awards in held at Century Park Hotel, Manila last June 27. The Children’s Games for Peace Awards were given to recognize outstanding young athletes who hauled medals medals in major age group sports competitions such as Batang Pinoy and Palarong Pambansa. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)