BCNHS hosts ping-pong tourney

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


SMASHING their way through victory, ping-pong enthusiasts from the city and neighboring provinces displayed their skills as Baguio City National High School hosted the recent 2014 Table Tennis Summer League at the BCNHS Multi-purpose Building April 1.

Close to 60 participants coming as far as the Province of Abra participated in the event backed by the BCNHS-SPS Table Tennis Club.

Tournament manager and BCNHS coach Erwin Shim Fonite said the event was mainly for the promotion of table tennis as a team sport.

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“As the same purpose of our earlier tournaments this is mainly to promote and develop the interest of our young athletes in terms of playing and understanding table tennis,” Fonite said.

Fonite mentioned aside from creating a venue for the sport the tournament goals to improve the learning and communication among ping-pong enthusiasts in the Cordillera.

“Actually we, the coaches from the region, agreed to strengthen our sport in a way that as fellow Cordillerans we want to help each other so that we can produce world renowned athletes playing table tennis,” Fonite quipped.

The coach added the regular program and competition among the regional athletes will help reinforce the grassroots program for the sport.

“By doing this we will get to recruit promising young athletes that will really set quality standard of play here in our region,” Fonite added.

Four different divisions were played during the contest namely 12-years-old and under, 16-years-old and under, single open category and team event (16-and-below).

Glenn Marc Dulay from Magsaysay Elementary School championed the 12 and below together with his schoolmate Karl William Mangiwet and Justine Faith Andaya, from Our Lady of Holy Spirit-Bangued scored the second place spots, while Fort Del Pilar Elementary School’s Rudolf Vincent Andaya bagged a bronze medal.

BCNHS’ Christian Rey Quedado lorded the 16-and-below, Jeremiah Payahna snatched silver, while Caleb Claro with University of Baguio’s Gwyneth Gacutano share seat at third.

Rae Chester Tuzon of the Baguio Table Tennis Club outclassed the open division, Chris Amowas from University of Cordilleras ranked for silver, while Edward Singson Wandag (BCNHS) and Valaudrey Asis of Saint Louis University share the spot for bronze medals.

BCNHS dominated in the team events as E-Team, Team-BAH, Team Macky took the gold, silver, and bronze awards respectively together with Team Bangued who also capped out with a bronze medal.

Organizers of the event plan to hold the next tournament on August inviting more sport enthusiasts from the region.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 09, 2014.

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