Area V will be out to defend the three gold medals the team won in shot put last year as athletics competition starts today in the 2013 Palarong Panlalawigan (Provincial Meet) at the Panaad Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Athletics tournament manager Heinrich Hetrosa said six gold medals are offered today in athletics from the elementary and secondary boys and girls’ shot put and secondary boys and girls’ long jump.
Kholinee Gedalanga bagged the gold in secondary boys’ shot put last year, while fellow Area V athletes Luz Delfin reigned in the secondary girls’ department, and Rhealyn Flores topped the elementary girls’ competition.
John Oliver Bonsato of Area VII (Bacolod City public schools) secured the gold in elementary boys’ group to prevent an Area V sweep in shot put.
Mary Anthony Diesto, triple jump gold medalist in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City, returns to defend her gold medal in secondary girls’ long jump. Area VII is also out to retain the secondary boys’ long jump gold won last year by Johnly Ison.
Diesto, who competed under the banner of Area VIII (NOPSSCEA) last year, dons the Negros Occidental High School (Area IX) colors this year.
Meanwhile, Diesto led the athlete’s oath of amateurism in yesterday’s opening ceremony of the 2013 Provincial Meet at the Panaad Stadium while Palarong Pambansa gold medalist May Therese Gula carried the torch and lighted the urn.
Yesterday’s opening rites was attended by Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia, Mayo Monico Puentevella, and Provincial Board Member Patrick Lacson, among others.
Lacson, who delivered a message on behalf of Vice Gov. Eugenio Lacson, encouraged the athletes to give their best during the competition and practice the virtue of selflessness instead of being self-centered.
Delivering a message on behalf of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. was Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor, who stressed the governor’s commitment to sports development in the province.*NAB
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