Doubles champs making grade

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


DAVAO City’s badminton doubles badminton champion Deon Ronald Omaña and Richie Jude Olayta of Davao City National High School are on top of their game having clinched the gold medal of the secondary boys event of the Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet badminton competition in Tagum City recently.

The 14-year-old Omaña and 15-year-old Olayta teamed up for the first time. Both started playing badminton at age seven.

Omaña reminisced that his parents Ronaldo and Adelfa are also badminton player, thus, he was lured to also play the sport.

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Omaña had competed in several tournaments. His biggest feat was taking home a silver medal in elementary boys badminton singles event of the Palarong Pambansa during his sixth grade.

Meanwhile, Olayta said that his guardian, Rocelyn Po, who is a badminton enthusiast, motivated him to also pursue the sport. He had been playing in the Davraa Meet for the past five years and had gained a handful of awards in other competitions.

“Nag silver ko sa first Davraa experience nako, dayun nag champion nako as a single player sunod tuig pero wala ko midaug pag-abot sa Palaro. Sa nisunod napud na tuig kay silver, ug karon sa doubles kay champion na. Unta madaug mi karon sa Palaro. (I won silver in my first Davraa experience, then captured gold in the following year yet I failed to win in Palaro. Now, I am hopeful that we will win in Palaro doubles),”Olayta said.

Both players admitted that it was not easy to play as doubles as they have to make adjustments since Olayta was used to playing solo.

Omaña said, “Pakiramdaman lang gyud mi sa isa’t-isa ug maayo pud kay successful among tie-up. (We studied our moves and fortunately, we succeeded.)” Omaña said.

Coach Lindley Emia meanwhile said that Omaña and Olayta trained so hard for the regional meet even playing against professional badminton players in tune-up games.

The two fans of renowned Malaysian Lee Chong Wei said that they also dream to make it big in badminton and be able to make the country proud.

Omaña urged other players to be disciplined and keep the values learned in training.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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