From Batang Pinoy Games to London Olympics 2012
Who would have thought that joining the Batang Pinoy Games would bring them to the London Olympics this 2012.
YES! You read that right, 5 athletes who joined the Batang Pinoy Games will be given a once in a lifetime chance to go to London for the 2012 Olympic Summer School.
The British Council has partnered with Philippine Sports Commission to bring five (5) young athletes from the Batang Pinoy Awardees to London, UK. This program seeks to (a) raise awareness of the London 2012 Olympics amongst young athletes; (b) impart the experience of the London 2012 Olympics to the young athletes of the Philippine Sports Commission; and (c) strengthen Philippines-UK relations through sports.
I envy the five outstanding athletes who will be chosen to represent the Philippines. Now, I wish I was still age 11-16. Why don’t we have this during my highschool year?
By the 1st quarter of 2012, we will be hearing the news of who these lucky athletes are (I just hope that politics will not get in the way!).
The British Council has agreed to sponsor one (1) Batang Pinoy Outstanding athlete while the PSC is still talking to private sectors for the sponsorship of the other four (4) kids. The British Council has a working relationship with St. Edmund’s College in the UK. St. Edmund’s has an English and Sports summer program that they run annually from July to August. For 2012, the program will run alongside the Olympic Games in London. This experience will surely boost the confidence of the chosen 5. Grant includes RT airfare Manila-London-Manila, 3-week stay in St. Edmunds School (tuition and board and lodging) and ticket to the London Olympics.
The outstanding five will be the PSC-British Council Ambassador of Goodwill to the St. Edmund’s Summer School Sports Program.
Important Note: They will not compete in the London Olympics, they will be the PSC-British Council Ambassador of Goodwill to the St. Edmund’s Summer School Sports Program during the London Olympics.
As an active observer during the just concluded Batang Pinoy Games 2011, I have seen most of the young athletes compete and I can’t help but suggest five young kids. My criteria are the ff: outstanding performance (they have shown quality results during the regional and final games), equal regional representation (I want all regions represented), grassroots level (those who can’t afford the said grant), and passionate in the sports they chose (they love the sports).
Please note that this (in no particular order) list is only a suggestion.
1. Gabriel Allen Santiago- Triathlon (NCR). Allen has topped the triathlon event and is a multi-medalled triathlete at his very young age. He even competes with older endurance athletes because he is too much for his age category. His dream- to get the gold medal in the Olympics. You can read my interview with him- Young Triathletes at the Batang Pinoy Games.
2. Mary Anthony Diesto- Athletics (Visayas region). The fastest woman during entire competition, she won the gold medal in the 5 athletics events- 100m dash (13.15sec), long jump, triple jump; 4 x100m relay and classical relay. She is from Bacolod Tay Tung Highschool and is giving her Best Performance as a Tribute to their Slain Coach.
3. Catherine Bondad- Swimming (Southern Luzon). Catherine is a promising swimmer from San Pablo City, Laguna. At the young age of 13, she is a multi-titled swimmer during the 2011 Palarong Pambansa. She also got the gold medals in the girls’ age 12-13 200-meter freestyle, 100m backstroke and 50m freestyle during the Batang Pinoy Finals.
4. Christian Duntugan- Taekwondo (Northern Luzon). Christian won the gold medal in the finweight division during the Finals of Batang Pinoy, he is also given the most outstanding award. His gold medal win made Baguio City snatch the over-all medal tally against Laguna Province.
5. Roberto Miguel Jalnaiz- Boxing (Mindanao region). Roberto Miguel is the son of a former Olympian boxer and 1990 Asian games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz. He is the most outstanding boxer in the Batang Pinoy Games Finals. He won a gold medal in the paperweight division by beating Hipolito Nanal Jr, AJ “Bazooka” Banal’s youngest brother with a score of 9-1.
Worth mentioning are my 2nd Top 5 choices:
Garry Santiago, Athletics (NCR); Ariana Herranz, Swimming (Southern Luzon); Floyd Derick Rillera, Judo (Northern Luzon); Mario Bautista, Boxing (Visayas); and John Kyle Macrohon, Weightlifting (Mindanao).
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Batang Pinoy Games 2011 is a grass-roots development program organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to identify young talents to be trained for the national pool of athletes.
“Our goal is to use the event to identify talents for the World Youth Olympics in 2014. This would also give the out-of-school youths the avenue to display their talents in a nationwide tournament.”– Commissioner Joaquin “Chito” Loyzaga
Batang Pinoy seeks to instill the values of discipline, teamwork, camaraderie, unity, solidarity, competitiveness and fair play through a comprehensive sports development program for in-school and out-of-school children 15 years old and below.
Official website: Batang Pinoy 2011
Facebook Page: Batang Pinoy (PSC Grassroots Program)