October 21, 2017, Filed under Press Release

batang pinoy send-off


LINGAYEN, PangasinanGovernor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III vowed to realize his long-time dream to see Pangasinense youth shy away from vices specifically illegal drugs by shifting to sports as the best option for them to use their free time productively.

Expressing his well wishes to Team Pangasinan who are bound for Vigan City for the weeklong Batang Pinoy 2017 Luzon Qualifying Leg to be held from October 21 to 27, the governor said the provincial government is exerting its best effort to provide Pangasinan athletes an innovative sports program that could help hone their athletic prowess.

During the send-off program on October 19 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) restaurant, Gov. Espino emphasized that the young athletes will not only be trained with all basic teachings to improve or further develop their chosen sports events but also to learn the true value of “discipline, respect, sportsmanship and camaraderie.”

Urging the athletes to represent their name, their town or city and the province with honor and pride, the provincial chief executive noted he is more than happy to see the grassroot athletes excel in their chosen fields and be recruited by prime educational institutions even outside the province to become varsity scholars.

Hinting on the Sports Academy which will soon rise, Gov. Espino said it will not only serve as a training ground for potential athletes but also as an institution that will help build and form the character of the youth.

Team Pangasinan which is composed of 222 athletes, 52 coaches and 20 delegation officials are bound for Vigan City, Ilocos Sur for the weeklong Luzon Qualifying Leg to be held from October 21 to 27.

Prior to this, the provincial government thru the Pangasinan Sports Development and Management Council (PSDMC) conducted an in-house training for the athletes at the NRSCC.

Sports Director Modesto M. Operania commended the entire Team Pangasinan as he urged the local athletes to give their best shot as they represent the name of the province in different sporting events.

Operania stressed that the provincial government under the stewardship of an athletic leader has retained the sports thrust introduced by then governor and now 5th district Representative Amado T. Espino, Jr. with innovations as conceptualized by his son.

The total number of athletes per event who will participate in the qualifying leg are as follows: archery-8, arnis-25, athletics-28, badminton-8, basketball-29, boxing-9, chess-12, karatedo-15, tennis (lawn)-8, sepak takraw-10, swimming-20, table tennis-6, taekwondo-20, and volleyball (indoor)-24.

In 2016, Team Pangasinan posted a strong performance in the Batang Pinoy national finals after it ranked 18th in a field of 248 participating local government units comprising of 3,000 athletes who battled for dominance in numerous sporting events.

Team Pangasinan then was composed of 75 athletes who hauled 21 medals, 7 golds, 5 silvers and 9 bronzes.

Batang Pinoy is a sports development program initiated by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee intended to discover promising athletes in the grassroots level. (Ruby R. Bernardino)





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