Baguio chosen as archery training center

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


DESPITE the lack of a decent shooting range, Baguio City was recently chosen as one of the training sites for archery in the country for the national pool.

Manila, Dumaguete City in the Visayas and Koronadal City in Mindanao are the three other training sites in the country, according to coach Andy Villamor.

“Magandang highlight ito para sa atin kasi tignan mo naman kahit wala tayong desenteng archery shooting range eh kasama tayo as training center,” quipped Villamor.

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Villamor added Baguio was chosen among the training centers because of the consistent performance of local archers in national competitions.
“We are one of the areas in the country na consistent sa pagproduce ng medals sa mga sanctioned tournament that’s why we were chosen,” added Villamor.

Just recently, local archer Kareel Meer Hongitan bagged fourth place in the individual contest of the 2014 Seoul International Sports Festa in South Korea. Hongitan also helped team Philippines win a bronze medal in the team competition.

Hongitan was a member of the junior squad of the country but was never sent abroad for competition. The South Korean joust was her first foray in international tournament.

Aside from Hongitan, Baguio City also sent two para-athletes, archers Allan Campos and Agustina Bantiloc, in the seventh Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) ParaGames earlier this year.

Bantiloc went on to win a bronze medal for the country earlier this year and duplicated her third place finish way back in 2011 in the same ParaGames.

With Baguio as training center, Villamor said local archers will have a classification match this coming Monday, August 25 at the Baguio Athletic Bowl to assess the competence level of every archer in the Summer Capital.

“One of the main purpose of the classification is to discover young archers that will be trained further for future competition specially those in the 12 to 13-years-old bracket,” Villamor said.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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