Negrense athletes who will win medals and break existing records in the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete next month will receive cash incentives from the provincial government, Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Juliet Jeruta said yesterday.
Jeruta said the governor has assured the athletes of cash rewards should they bring home medals from the national meet scheduled on April 21 to 27 in Dumaguete City .
She added that the Western Visayas team to the Palarong Pambansa this year will be composed of athletes who topped the different competitions in the WVRAA in Roxas City.
“Personally, I think we have a better selection of athletes this year and I am optimistic that we will be able to successfully defend the medals we won in last year's Palaro,” Jeruta said.
Meanwhile, she said that the Palaro-bound athletes will start their training after the Holy Week since all schools in the region are having their National Achievement Test for both elementary and high school this week.
After the NAT, Jeruta said they will prepare for the graduation and recognition ceremonies, making it impossible for the trainers and coaches, who are also full-time teachers, to focus on training their athletes.
She said the contingent from the region will leave for Dumaguete City on April 14, giving them at least two weeks to prepare for the meet.
Jeruta added that during the ocular inspection of the playing venues, the group from region reported that the facilities for the national games are also in place and the billeting areas are ready to accommodate the delegates from the different regions in the country.
“Of course, we can not expect that everything will be perfect but what is important is that the playing venues are in good condition,” Jeruta said.
She added that the contingent from Western Visayas will be billeted in one of the schools near the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex, the main venue for this year's national games.
In last year's competition in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Western Visayas placed first runner-up behind National Capital Region in the overall team standings.
The athletes from NCR kept the overall championship title with 11 team titles in elementary and 13 in secondary division, while Western Visayas earned six team titles in elementary and five in the secondary.
In elementary competition, Western Visayas won the gold boys and girls arnis, athletics girls, boxing, softball, and taekwondo boys.
The NCR, on the other hand, topped the elementary athletics boys, badminton girls, basketball, chess boys, gymnastics, swimming boys and girls, tennis girls, and volleyball boys.
In secondary competition, Western Visayas reigned in boys and girls' arnis, girls' basketball, softball, and girls' table tennis girls, while NCR topped the girls' archery, girls' athletics, baseball, boys' basketball, boys' chess, football, gymnastics, boys and girls' swimming, and boys and girls' volleyball.*NAB
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