Benguet seeks elusive CARAA crown-A A +A
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
WITH all eyes on power house Baguio City, Benguet is eyeing to steal the over-all championship being lorded over by the Summer Capital when the province hosts the 2014 edition of the annual Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association next month.
Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan during the provincial meet has time and again encouraged student athletes and coaches to double time their training to be able to attain their goal.
“Together with all the coaches and the sports coordinators of the province, we are really looking forward to be number one in the regional meet,” Fongwan said.
Fongwan added after the provincial meet, the qualified athletes will be asked to be housed in one area to concentrate on their training.
“I already proposed that all athletes coming from the other towns of the province to take temporary residence here para mag-train dito na mismo sa lugar kung saan idaraos ang CARAA,” said Fongwan.
“In that way we can maximize and let the children be more comfortable before the sports event,” Fongwan added.
Benguet Sports Development officer Dean Mark Monang said their athletes have been preparing well for the occasion.
“Sa individual sports naman wala gaanong problema since anytime the athlete can work by himself, sa group sports lalo at selection, yun ang gusto natin pagtuunan that is why we look to house them here before the schedule dates,” Monang said.
“We look to top the overall but we remind coaches and players that everyone has a shot, so we always advise them to train and compete with their best performances,” added Monang.
The annual sports occasion is expecting more than a thousand elementary and secondary students coming from Baguio City, Abra, Apayao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Ifugao, and the host province.
Last year, Benguet landed at second place with an overall score of 434.6, with Baguio City gathering the top rank with 872 points.
Apayao, after being the whipping boy of the competition in the previous staging of the regional meet zoomed to third with 419 points while Abra, Mt. Province, Kalinga and Ifugao closed out the fourth to sixth place over-all.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 08, 2014.