THE Philippine Ice Skating team finished fifth overall in team standings during the 4th Ice Skating Institute of Asia Championship in Indonesia on Oct. 24 to 27.
Twelve Filipino youngsters competed in Indonesia and won 45 gold medals, 18 silvers, and 10 bronzes. Eleven came from the SM Seaside Skating Cebu team and one from the Manila SM Ice Skating team.
The members of team Philippines are Francesca Claire Go, Dawn Jasmin Gothong, Mauriel Paredes, Isabel Rafaela Esolana, Ariani Ricci Mercado, Anika Ricci Mercado, Audree Summer Villanueva, Frances Courtney Cabiling, Lou Mari Mediatrix Ang, Erphy Claire Mackenzie, and Jaliyah Carmelle Devilleres.
Skate coaches Leny Gomez, Jacqueline Bengil, Ireneo Awing Jr., and Al Marinas led the team in the different categories during the competition, which had nearly 400 competitors.
The tournament was part of Philippine Ice Skating team thrust to develop the skills and talents of the ice skaters who are all aspiring to become Olympians in the future. The final championship series of Skate Asia will be in Thailand in January 2020. (PR)