SWIMMING champion sisters Lora Micah and Liaa Margarette Amoguis of Davao City resumed training yesterday at the Holiday Gym and Spa to start their preparations for the Palarong Pambansa 2019 and Arafura Games 2019.
But the sisters will not compete together come April as Lora, 13, will represent the country to the Arafura Games in Darwin City, Northern Territory in Australia while younger Marga, turning 12 in March, will be left to see action for Davao region in the Palarong Pambansa 2019 that Davao City will be hosting.
Marga, in a recent media interview on the sidelines of the Batang Pinoy 2019 Mindanao Qualifying in Tagum City over the weekend, said, “The Arafura Games and the Palaro have the same schedule.”
The Palaro is slated April 27 to May 4 while the Arafura Games, which will be revived this year after several years of absence, is set on April 26 to May 4.
Coach Haroon Cali, in an interview, said, “Sayang ang opportunity na maka-Australia tapos international pud nga competition. Grade 7 pa man sad siya. Gi-share pud nako akong experience sa Arafura before - lingaw (It’s a rare opportunity for Lora to compete in Australia and it’s an international competition. She is still Grade 7. I also shared to her my Arafura experience before. It was fun).”
He added that Lora decided to forego with the Palaro although she is qualified to compete.
In a separate interview, Marga said she aims to break all Palaro records in all her events.
This, according to coach Haroon Cali, will be a tall order.
“Paningkamotan. Depende sa condition sa training og sa day sa competition
(We will strive for that depending on her condition during training and during the day of competition),” Cali said.
Marga was the most bemedalled Davao City athlete in the Batang Pinoy after harvesting five golds and two silvers in girls 12-under division while Lora bagged two golds and three silvers in girls 13-15. In Davraa Meet 2019, Marga swept six golds and one silver while Lora got four golds and two silvers.