Petecio ups weight for Myanmar Sea Games-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
CHINA Open 2013 gold medalist Nesthy Alcayde Petecio, a native of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, will play in a new division when she competes for the country in the 27th Southeast Asian (Sea) Games set on Dec. 11 to 22 in Myanmar.
The 21-year-old Petecio, who copped the women's 54 kilograms (kgs) silver medal in Indonesia in 2011, will face different foes in the 57 kgs. division in Myanmar.
She said, "Mas okay nga nisaka ko sa 57 kgs. aron dili nako mag reduce pero first time nako mudala sa aning weight category (It's better that I moved up weight so I don't have to cut weight but this is my first time to compete in this category)."
Petecio said she agreed to play in a heavier weight event, allowing four of them in the national women's boxing team to compete. Irish Magno will taking her place in the 54 kgs.
Also seeing action for Team Philippines are Josie Gabuco and Maricris Igam.
Petecio, however, said she need not be complacent in her new weight since she still expects to face strong opponents.
She trains with the team one to two hours each session twice a day.
"Nag-training mi sa China ug isa ka bulan human namo nagdula ngadto. Magsaka mi sa Baguio para mag-train sugod sa katapusan aning bulana (We trained in China one month after the China Open. We will be making camp in Baguio City starting last week of this month)," she said in the vernacular during a Facebook chat interview with Sun.Star Davao on Tuesday afternoon.
The five-foot-two ace competed in the 60 kgs. in the China Open where she defeated a five-foot-eleven foe in the championship.
Petecio said her China Open exposure will boost her confidence for the Sea Games.
She added, "Ginapangandaman gyud namo ang dula sa Myanmar kay dili basta-basta among mga makaatbang ngadto (We are really preparing for the Myanmar games because we will be facing a tough opponents there)."
Petecio is the eldest child in a brood of five. Her father Teodoro used to work at Iluminada Farms in Bago Gallera, Talomo in Davao City while her mother Prescilla is a housewife. She has two older adopted siblings.
Teodoro taught Nesthy the ropes of boxing in their own backyard in Tuban. Their family moved in Davao City when her father got a job at the farm. It was then that Nesthy recruited to join the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines-Calinan boxing team that was set to compete in the 2007 Smart National Youth and Women's Open Boxing Championships in Cagayan de Oro City. She clinched the women's 50 kgs. gold, booking her a slot in the national women's boxing team at the age of 15.
She has reaped a handful of medals in national and international competitions since then.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 03, 2013.