Bontoc archer is top athlete for CAR-A A +A
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
QUINT Abeijah Amongan scored three gold mints in the archery competition to become the most bemedalled athlete for Cordillera at the close of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna May 4-10.
The 14 year old ninth grader from Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School (MPGHS), lorded the secondary boys 40 and 60 meters contest, including the FITA round event dislodging 16 other regions from all over the country.
The Bontoc based archer and soon to be engineer also snatched a silver medal from the 30 meter shooting competition and a bronze from the mixed team event.
"Medyo suprised na ako pala ang may pinaka maraming medal for CAR, siyempre proud ako na nakatulong ako ng malaki sa medal haul ng region," Amongan said.
CAR improved its last year's tenth overall ranking after securing a fifth overall finish putting in tow 24-11-12 medals.
Amongan, who is coached by archer Daryl Calnagan is second among the three siblings of Michael and Shinnete Amongan, and a grandson to Eusebio Gayad, one of Mt. Province's primed batted ball athlete during his hayday.
"Inspiration ko ang mga parents ko, at ang talagang nagpalakas ng loob ko na manalo sa mga competitions ay ang goal to be included sa roster ng Philippine team." said Amongan.
"Hopefully next year I will improve my performance, until then kailangan consistent ang training ko at the same time continue to participate sa different events and contests na rin," Amongan added.
Meanwhile, DepEd-CAR director Ellen Donato said the region is proud with the three gold medals the young archer brought for Cordillera.
"We should look upon our young athletes who has a lot of potential in their respective sports. They are the ones that matters most since they are the ones who really make up the recognition of our region," Donato said.
Archery helped CAR with its 4-2-3 record, as Baguio City National High School female archer Loren Chloe Balaoing generated two silver medals from the 50 and 60 meter event, including a bronze medal in the FITA round.
Balaoing, together Florence Kaye Millares, Ruby Grace Belino, and Delilah Kial also added one gold medal after dominating the girls Olympic round contest.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 15, 2014.