Sam Cambronero: ‘Being an athlete is my life’-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
IT WAS only for learning basic water safety procedures that Samantha Janne Amaya Cambronero was enrolled to a swimming clinic by her parents barely nine years ago. Yet, she has been reaping numerous medals since then.
Sam's recent feat was winning all six gold medals at stake in the girl’s 13-15 category of the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying Leg swimming competition held at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City.
"It wasn’t planned. My parents said that I showed interest in swimming having no formal lessons yet. So when I got into a swimming class, our coach saw my potential so he insisted to my parents that I need to continue my lessons. Here I am now competing," the 15-year-old fourth-year High School student of Precious International of School of Davao (PISD) said.
Sam, the first child of Peter Jay, a sales manager, and Anna Fatima, a housewife, got inspiration from her parents who were also into sports when they were younger.
Peter Jay and Anna Fatima used to be practitioners of Moo Duk Kwan, a form of martial art.
Sam said, "I really wanted to be an athlete just like my parents. If I were to live again, I will still choose to be an athlete because for me being an athlete is my life. I can’t imagine myself not swimming anymore."
She said that her sport helped her to be disciplined and to be mentally and physically fit.
She makes use of her time wisely, managing her schedule in class and training, adding: "I do my homework in advance like during vacant periods or lunch time. During class days our training time always starts at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. I usually arrive home around 7:30 p.m. After dinner, I do any unfinished homework and do research assignments or review my lessons."
She first competed in General Santos City on June 11, 2006 during the Novice Cup but she didn't have beginner's luck. She came home empty-handed.
A year later though she emerged champion in the 3rd Triathlon Association of Davao (Triad) Kiddie Triathlon where she did not only swim, she also rode a bike and ran.
"I felt so happy and thankful for everyone who supported me at that time. It was my first time to compete in a triathlon event and I didn't even expect to win," she recalled.
She has so far collected numerous titles and medals including a bronze in the 7th BIMP-Eaga Friendship Games 2012 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and a silver in the Sen. Nikki Coseteng Swimming Championship/Philippine Swimming League at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Malate, Manila held in May 2012, among others.
Sam shared, "Being able to represent Team Philippines is a great achievement. I really didn’t expect to be chosen as one of the swimmers who will represent Team Philippines in the Eaga Games, let alone winning a bronze medal not just for my family, my city, but most especially for my country. I'm thankful to God because it was his plan."
She competed against swimmers from much older than her in the BIMP-Eaga Games.
The five-foot-three tanker was a consistent medalist in the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet and Batang Pinoy Mindanao eliminations.
Sam, however, vowed to give her best performance when the Batang Pinoy National Championships unfurls in Zamboanga City from November 19 to 23.
She hopes to improve in her last Batang Pinoy national stint in November having finished fourth, sixth and seventh in her events in the Iloilo finals last year. She was also a finalist in the past Palarong Pambansa.
She dreams of competing in more international swimming events and bring honor to the country.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 08, 2013.