UA lass bags CLRAA gold-A A +A
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A school grader from the University of the Assumption bagged a gold medal in Taekwando during the recently concluded Central Luzon Regional Athletics Association (CLRAA) meet.
Christine Stephanie Franco, though not so tall as a "requirement" in Taekwando, showed her prowess to best six other contenders in the elementary (girls) category of the competition. She demonstrated to Sun.star Pampanga and officials her winning moves.
The young and agile grade schooler was among the medalists honored by the City Government of San Fernando led by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez last Monday morning.
With Franco were other student-athletes who similarly garnered top honors in their categories: Jose Marie Santos of Golden Harvest Institute of Learning, gold (swimming for elementary, boys); and Ralph Edward Guiao of Pampanga High School, gold (Taekwando, secondary, boys).
Harvesting silvers were Kristine Ann Marie Vital of Maimpis Elementary School (chess, elementary, girls); Proverbsville SI and St. Scholastica's Academy (Badminton mixed doubles, secondary, girls); and UA Grade School, Golden Harvest and St. Scholastica's Academy (Badminton, elementary boys team).
Bringing home the bronze for the city are UA's Paolo Inigo De Dios (Badminton, elementary, boys); St. Scholastica's Academy (Badminton, elementary girls doubles); UA Grade School and St. Scholastica's Academy (Badminton, elementary mixed doubles); Darwin Jay Tolentino of Panipuan Integrated School (Taekwando, secondary, boys); Glorina Shane Trinidad of UA High School (Table Tennis, secondary, girls); and Proverbsville SI and UA High School (Badminton, secondary boys team).
The medalists were feted with honors as well as cash prizes which Mayor Oscar Rodriguez accorded them.
Despite the showing of the Fernandino athletes, Rodriguez has ordered Community Affairs Division Chief Donny Sayre to beef up the athletes' capability in their respective categories.
"The mayor has ordered us to strengthen our sports programs, particularly training, which we agreed upon during our Sports Summit last year," Sayre said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 09, 2011.