The 2013 Palarong Pambansa will open tomorrow at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium with the contingents from the 17 regions in the country competing for the top honors in 18 sporting events in both elementary and secondary divisions.
Arriving a week before the start of the games, the Western Visayas delegation composed of outstanding athletes from Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, are gearing up for another impressive performance in the annual school-based competition.
Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Juliet Jeruta said the delegation from Region VI is billeted at the West City Elementary School located at Cervantes Street in Dumaguete City.
With the proximity of the billeting area near the main playing venue, the Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium, Jeruta said the West Visayans are spared from the strain of spending extra time traveling to and from the stadium.
She added that West City has sufficient supply of water and the sleeping quarters of the athletes, coaches and trainors were comfortably prepared by the host city.
“All that is left is for our contingent to give our best and bring home the bacon. Everybody has been very supportive and our athletes have prepared well,” Jeruta said.
During their last meeting before the April 14 departure of the contingent for Dumaguete, Jeruta said she reminded the trainors and athletes from Negros Occidental to prepare for any eventuality and to keep their composure at all times.
Jeruta pointed out that it would be unfair for the athletes if they get disqualified from the competition simply because their coach, trainor and even the parents got “too involved” in the game.
Let us support our athletes and pray that everyone will remain safe and unharmed, she added.
Meanwhile, Jeruta said the Negros Occidental athletes have received support not only from the provincial government headed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., but also from the mayors of their respective local government units.
She also expressed hope that the dream of grabbing the overall championship from the clutches of the National Capital Region will be achieved this year.
In the 2012 Palarong Pambansa in Pangasinan, Region VI finished first runner-up behind the NCR despite hauling medals from athletics and major ball games.
Jeruta said Western Visayas has a good chance of winning the overall championship with a stronger team fielded this year in taekwondo, gymnastics, and arnis.*NAB
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