DAGUPAN CITY – The city remained as the  second best in the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) for the second straight year with 51 gold medals, 40 silver and 41 bronze medals in the recently concluded R1AA meet in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, closely railing defending and eventual champion Pangasinan II.


This is the city’s biggest medal haul ever scored by the city since last year in San Carlos City when Dagupan seized the second place for the first time with 44 gold, 38 silvers and 38 bronze medals.


The achievement of the Balon Dagupan team in the 2017 R1AA once again reaffirms that Dagupan City is now the emerging sports powerhouse in Region 1.


Commissioner Finnela T. Sim of the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) confirmed that the city’s swimming team again contributed much to the city’s gold, silver and bronze medal hauls from  both in the elementary and secondary divisions. They also won in gymnastics, sepak takraw, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, chess and wushu.


Surprisingly, the  city’s first archery team won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the boys division in their  first ever exposure to the event. This was only the first time that the city entered its athletes in R1AA’s archery competition.


On the other hand, the Balon Dagupan Basketball boys in the secondary division successfully defended their championship crown while the city’s 3 on 3 cage team won its first gold in the R1AA.


Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, who is presently attending the Global Cities Summit in Dubai, lauded the city’s athletes for their success and for surpassing their record of getting the most number of gold, silver and bronze medals this year.


“Today we recognize and celebrate the success and the spirit of achievement of young Dagupenos who competed in the Region 1 Athletic Association meet in Ilocos Sur. Our athletes have proven once more that every day is a chance to get better. Without doubt, our children have done us extremely proud with these great achievements. This is our important investment in your children: We teach them to dream and achieve because success comes to those who never give up. However, we bask in the glory of their bigger achievement — They all competed with unmatched courage, big heart, focus, determination and unquenchable desire to bring pride and honor to their beloved city and their families. Once again, our heartiest congratulations to our young athletes, coaches, sports officials, teachers and their loved ones,” said Fernandez.


The city also received a special award as the Most Competitive Delegation in the 2017 R1AA. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 8, 2017)