Article by Pirie Enzo
Firstly would like to thank Mr Jeffrey Richardson for helping provide me with information on his two daughters and sharing their achievements with the Filipino Athletic Community. Also special thanks to Mrs Lorraine Johnson for supplying some additional photos.
Two 14-year old Fil-American twins could emerge as the future of Track and Field for the Philippines. Kyla and Kayla Richardson, (whose mother is from Zamboanga City, Philippines) hail from Los Angeles, California. The girls have been running since the age of nine. The girls are coached by Jon Gilmer at Academy of Speed in Rancho, Cucamonga, C.A. Like many fil-heritage athletes before them have. But unlike any fil-heritage athletes that came before them the pair are fast really fast.
Kyla faster than the Current Senior national champions
*PB = Personal Best Time
Kyla the faster of the two infact has a personal best of 12.00et and a legit 24.81, also has run a 24.12 (nwr). At Fourteen Kyla’s times are faster than the top senior local female sprinters in the Philippines the fastest being specialist Long Jumper Katherine Santos (22) who won the 100m at the National Games in 12.17 PB. Even compared to Filam counterparts Krizia Leah Apelar (23) who won the 200m at the National Games in 25.04 and holds a PB of 24.93.
The fastest fourteen year old Filipina of all time
Kyla times not only rank her at the top of the Philippine Ranking List this year in Womens 100 and 200 but also #10 all time and #5 junior of all time in the 100m.
On both the senior and junior ranking lists she is the youngest name on those lists. Behind quite some prestigious names Filam Princess Joy Griffey holding the JR Record in 11.75 and Lydia De Vega the national record holder (11.76 as a junior). However not even De Vega nor Griffey where able to accomplish a 12.00 as 14 year olds, each having more rapid improvements at the 16-18 age.
Kyla is undoubtedly the fastest 14-year-old Filipina ever in the 100 and 200m Dash
Kyla 200m time of 24.81, although she has ran a 24.12 with no wind reading. Ranks her #5 in the junior lists. On paper only De Vega has ever ran faster as a junior with 23.54 at the age of 17. Perhaps now someone is finally within realistic range of capturing that record after 28 years.
Both sisters qualify to World Youth Championships
The pair have there eyes set on representing the Philippines at the World Youth Championships (WYC) which will be held next July in Ukraine. The World Youth Champs features the best athletes born in 1996 and afterwards in the world.
As both girls are born in 1998 they are not only eligible for this addition, but also eligible for the next staging of the World Youth Championships to be held in 2015.
With the women’s standards being 12.50 in the 100m, 25.60 in the 200m and 57.60 in the 400m. Not just one but both twins have qualified in the 100m with Kyla running 12.00et and 24.81et also qualifying for the 200m easy, Kayla has run 12.46et also a 12.37 with no wind reading , and 24.99 no wind reading and 25.82 legit. Which means she is not very far off qualifying aswell in the 200m. Kayla has also ran 58.28 in 400m #6 all time juniors so is within range of the 400m standard aswell. It’s probably the first time ever two Filipino athletes have qualified for the WYC without having to rely on a wild card entry.
Kyla if she continues the way she has been and runs 11.80 has a very strong chance of sending ripples through philippine sports as this will make the semi-finals of the WYC next year.
Two time National Junior Champion Romnick Nor (1996) is also looking set at qualification with the standard for the boys 100m being just 11.25et which he has already surpassed in the past.
Fastest Times ever by Filipina Juniors on Age
12 Kyla Richardson 13.17 (2010)
13 Kyla Richardson 12.69 (2011)
14 Kyla Richardson 12.00 (2012)
15 Maricor Cuenca 12.20 (2003)
16 Chantal Balani 12.0ht (1998)
17 Princess Joy Griffey 11.75 (2004)
18 Lydia De Vega Mercado 11.76 (1982)
19 Lydia De Vega Mercado 11.74 +2.1 (1983)
Lucila Salao Tolentino 11.6ht (1972)
12 Maricor Cuenca 26.10 (2000)
13 Maricor Cuenca 24.77 (2001)
14 Kyla Ricahrdson 24.81 (2012)
15 Chantal Balani 25.15 (1998)
16 Lydia De Vega 24.53 (1981)
17 Lydia De Vega 23.54 (1982)
18 Princess Joy Griffey 24.15 (2005)
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- 2012 Philippines Womens Ranking List 100m (pinoyathletics.com)
- 2012 Philippines Womens Ranking List 200m (pinoyathletics.com)
- The Age of the Inocencia – The First Great Filipina Sprint Champion (pinoyathletics.com)
- IAAF Rules Richardson Twin sprinters are too young for the IAAF. Eyes on RP Team for SEA Games. (pinoyathletics.com)
(Oct 17) The talk does not represent the thoughts, feelings, or attitudes of any of the athletes pictured in the video clip. However, the idea of making such a video is to offer motivation to athletes everywhere, and with that mission in mind, this video is a little more raw than most of the videos you’ll find on youtube. And, well, if you are offended, leave a comment, and if you happen to find some extra motivation, then leave a comment too.
This video really entails the motivation for discipline ‘over and over and over’ , sacrifice, self belief consistent and how several small tasks lead to a dream becoming a goal. You have to enjoy the journey towards the goal not just the goal itself and that means understanding how your training leads to your goal.
Sports psychology: the role of emotion regulation, music and the coach-athlete relationship
How 10 years of sports psychology research can be utilised in your training programme
Sport psychology is a relatively young science but, as Andy Lane and Tracey Devonport explain, the years since the turn of the century have seen some major advances in understanding the role of the mind in sport
Motivation and Feedback in Coaching
Dawn Hunter explains why motivation is seen to be a key aspect for most athletes in enabling them to achieve their goals.
(July 29) Motivation and Feedback in Coaching The definition of motivation can be divided into two main camps.
1) That of enthusiasm for something; when athletes are highly motivated they are often really enjoying their training and are really keen to do their sessions.
2) The other camp is that of the need or reason for doing something, i.e. the motivation behind what is being done. So, an athlete may not be enthusiastic about getting up at 6am to do a long bike ride in preparation for an Ironman triathlon, but they are motivated as they know that if they do the training now they will be more likely to do better in the race.
When planning a season and defining SMARTER goals, the motivation to achieve those goals should be assessed by the coach as it will have a direct impact on the amount and intensity of any training set and the success of any training programme.
Knowing any barriers to training and also the athletes’ training likes and dislikes will help in future motivation lapses.
Source of motivation
Motivation that relies solely on something or someone external to the athlete should be noted. An athlete’s goals need to be self-governed otherwise the motivation to take the steps to achieve those goals may be lacking. For example, an athlete may want to do well at a particular race because friends and family will be watching.
Generally this is unlikely to be a good source of motivation as it comes from outside the athlete and when the going gets tough the athlete may decide that they don’t care what anyone else thinks and give up on their goal.
Sometimes an athlete can be too motivated – this usually ends in them not taking appropriate rest days, as they just want to train all the time. It is important that your athlete’s appreciate that rest is as important as training and will allow the body to adapt to the training load.
One aspect of being a successful coach is getting useful feedback from your athletes as to how they find your sessions.
Scientific methods of feedback, such as heart rates etc. are useful, but in order to assess your athletes’ motivation levels, you need to be able to understand how they feel a session went as much as how their body responded physiologically. Based on this feedback you can alter and adapt their training accordingly. If the aim of your sessions is not being achieved then you can look for another way to achieve the same aim.
The feedback from your athletes is likely to come in 3 main types – visual, verbal and written.
Visual feedback – beyond the sweat, red faces and heaving chests, does the athlete look pleased or do they look a little dejected? Perhaps they look as if they could/should have gone that bit harder or paced themselves better. Verbal feedback – athletes frequently talk themselves and their performances up and to a certain extent this is to be encouraged. A positive mental attitude will go a long way to help to produce a good performance, but inside they may still feel that things could have gone better. It is important to listen to what the athlete says and then look for the things they didn’t say. For example, ‘The session went really well. I couldn’t have done it any better today. Chris was going really well today’. The athlete doesn’t say why they couldn’t have done any better today or why they felt it went well. Was this despite whatever was holding them back or did the session go well, but maybe on a less windy day it could have gone better? Did Chris do better in some way? Is the athlete concerned that Chris is doing something to make him/herself faster than the athlete?
If the verbal feedback is given over the phone it is often difficult to get full and frank answers, as there is no visual feedback available from either coach or athlete. For feedback via phone both athlete and coach need to be comfortable communicating over the telephone. The difficulty with both visual and verbal feedback is keeping a record of it. Visual feedback can be written down fairly easily: “the athlete looked really pleased with him/herself at the end of the session”.
Verbal feedback is a more difficult as you are likely to write down the content of the feedback rather than how it was delivered and phrased.
Written feedback – where an athlete does sessions without the coach’s presence, feedback may also be given via email or text. Although expansive, email can frequently hide an athlete’s true view on performance.
Written feedback can vary from a list of what was done, with heart rates and times to a long and involved written piece. The type of email feedback seems to vary depending on whether the athlete concerned treats email as another form of verbal communication or a form of written communication. The latter athlete is likely to provide a more formal, data-filled email than the former who will frequently hold a single-sided conversation that can run to several hundred words. It is the more verbose athlete who is more helpful to the coach as you are likely to be able to pick up things they haven’t noticed, even themselves.
For example, you may get athletes who have a long winter of colds and/or injury who by the spring can’t understand why they are not going as well as the previous spring. By going back over their feedback you can establish and point out to them exactly how much time they have lost through such things. It can be surprising how much training can be missed which is forgotten by the athlete only a month or so later.
Both great motivation and a lack of motivation can produce lots or no feedback. Athletes who are highly motivated and are just getting on with the training frequently fail to feedback unprompted as it doesn’t occur to them. As long as nothing is going wrong they will just carry on regardless. It is worth trying to pin these athletes down weekly.
Alternatively, an unmotivated athlete will avoid providing feedback as they will see their non-attendance at sessions as failure. With these athletes it is worth re-establishing the reasons for their goals and to push whichever buttons you know will work for them.
For example, for some athletes it is enough to know that their greatest rival is training to get their motivation back in harness. For others, it may be that other factors, such as moving house, getting married, a new job etc., take precedent at the moment and it may be that their goals should be reassessed accordingly to allow for some time to address these other aspects.
Ways of dealing with an unmotivated athlete will depend quite a lot on whether their sport is effectively recreational, or they are an age group or elite athlete. For some, pulling out of a race or giving up for a season is not as big a deal as it is for others. Knowing your athletes well and knowing why they do their sport is a key factor in helping them to get their motivation back.
Some motivated athletes will provide lots of feedback because they are so enthusiastic about their training and will want to share that with you. The more feedback you receive from an athlete, motivated or otherwise, the better you will get to know them and the better the coach-athlete relationship is likely to be. One ideal coach-athlete relationship would be where the athlete and coach come to a consensus about the training rather than the coach ‘setting’ the training for the athlete. This will not always work, but a highly motivated athlete is likely to have read around the subject of training for their sport and in general and based on their experience of doing the training is likely to have a really useful viewpoint on what is likely to work for them.
Unmotivated athletes can also provide lots of feedback and this is where you can often get to the root of the problem. Email works well for ‘baring of the soul’ as there is the sense of anonymity despite knowing where the email is going. Sometimes an athlete will start the email not knowing why they are unmotivated and by the time they get to the end they will have worked it out for themselves.
Texts are not ideal for feedback as they are quite short, but for race results and facts and figures regarding a session they can be useful, particularly if an athlete is racing or training abroad. A text is definitely better than no feedback at all and is another way of having communication with your athletes.
For some athletes, having a coach is helpful to motivation. The fact that there is someone they have to ‘report’ to can frequently persuade a reluctant athlete to do a session. Unfortunately it is usually the case that the sessions an athlete dislikes the most are those that work to their weaknesses. Once that weakness is overcome it is likely that those very sessions, which were unpopular before, are suddenly a favourite.
The best way to get feedback from an athlete is to allow them to do it in the way that works best for them. If the athlete has chosen the medium and method they are likely to be much more communicative. I have pages and pages of messenger conversations with one athlete who seemed to communicate well that way. The key thing is to keep good records of the feedback. This will help you to develop training programs and motivate that athlete specifically, but what you learn from it can be applied to other athletes you coach now and in the future.
This article first appeared in:
- HUNTER, D. (2006) Motivation and Feedback in Coaching. Brian Mackenzie’s Successful Coaching, (ISSN 1745-7513/ 34/ July-August), p. 1-3
The reference for this page is:
- HUNTER, D. (2006) Motivation and Feedback in Coaching [WWW] Available from: http://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/scni34a1.htm [Accessed
About the Author
Dawn Hunter, a British triathlon Association Club Coach, has been coaching individual triathletes and a triathlon club for over 3 years. She also competes in triathlons up to half ironman distance.
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Article by Greg Jericho But when watching athletics at the Olympics, one thing sadly hovers above it all – it hovers so close to the track that it is even included in the Olympic Oath, which supposedly binds all competitors:.
In the name of all the competitors I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams.
.The “doping” aspect was added in at the 2000 Olympics, and that it needs to be stated says much.
The long-term impact of doping during the 1970s and 1980s is greater on women’s athletics than it is on men’s because doping on women has a greater physiological impact. Thus, while a man might break a world record through doping, his time or distance will not be as far ahead of a clean athlete as would the respective woman cheat over her clean competitors.
Thus the world records set by women during the 1980s, when doping was rampant and out-of-competition testing non-existent, remain on the books and for the most part far beyond the reach of contemporary athletes.
For Usain Bolt, the spectre of drugs is different. He does not need to worry about not surpassing tainted records, for he has obliterated them already.
In 1988, Ben Johnson ran 9.79 secs for 100m. That time would have seen him finish a good three metres behind Bolt in his world record run in Berlin in 2009 of 9.58 secs. And so when I watch Bolt run, I must admit I marvel in delight at his ability but I also utter a small prayer that he is not on drugs.
The impact of doping controls on men’s athletics has not had as much an effect as on women, but it is still noticeable that fewer records are set now than in the past:
For Usain Bolt, the spectre of drugs is different. He does not need to worry about not surpassing tainted records, for he has obliterated them already.
you can read the full very interesting article here.
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Revision 2, Merged
After reviewing for the job interview i didnt sleep at all as i had too much on my mind Tuesday night. After the job interview i did my usual weds gym session of front squats, as im focussing on 400s im doing high reps. 45×15, 50×15, 55×15, 60×15, 65×15. I had to chuck on my headset to some good sounds to get me through the last two sets. Also i made sure i had longer rests, i usually only have a minute or 2 between each set but i took around 6-8 mins as I hadn’t slept the night before to allow adequate recovery and made sure i was drinking plenty of water. Anyway i followed the directions from the below article, and even though i woke up sore after an 11 hour sleep on Thursday i was still able to complete a 2×60,2×80,2×100 session at the track and finish with a 43.4 350 (the 250-350 was faster than the 150-250) segment.
This article below high lights how important it is to recuperate tired muscles.
Sore muscles are a part of getting back on that exercise train. Increasing physical activity and exercise will naturally stress and fatigue your muscles. Soreness means your body is adapting to the activity and building strength. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to reduce the discomfort of exercised muscles.
1) When adding ice make sure to put it in a seal bag or if not possible a plastic bag. It should never be applied directly to skin as it can cause burn and cause muscles to take longer to heal. The bag should be tied tight with a towel as the compression element is just as important as the ice itself.
2) Ice should always be applied first for 48 hours or until swelling subsides then moist heat should be applied.
6) Some people have intolerance to Ibuprofen and anti-inflams best to check with the doctor first.
Read the tip below in the linked article.
This tape can help prevent and accelerate recovery of muscles.
Home Remedies For Muscle Spasms And Cramps
By Nicola Kennedy
One of the easiest ways to deal with muscle spasm is to have a hot bath or shower. You can also do some simple stretch exercises. This will improve blood circulation and help the connective tissue around the muscles. Before you pump up those muscles, hit the showers, it would prevent any occurrence of muscle spasm.
Muscle spasm mainly happens due to calcium deficiency, so include calcium in your diet. You can find good source of calcium in low-fat dairy products such as yoghurt, skim milk and ricotta cheese. Before eating and drinking calcium rich diet, consult your doctor.
If you are prone to muscle spasms it may be because of the acids that interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Lessen the intake of acidic foods like tomatoes and vinegar. Inadequate supply of potassium to your body is another reason for muscle spasms. Increase your intake of potassium, eat good amount of bananas, potatoes, soya flour, bran wheat, ready-to-eat apricots, tomato puree and such.
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The danger of one inadvertent twitch ruining the greatest day of a sprinter’s life has been removed after athletics’ governing body softened the rules on false starts ahead of the London Olympics.
The little-publicised clarification by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) permits athletes to move in the starting blocks without being disqualified so long as their hands do not leave the ground or their feet the blocks.
Previously, such twitching or flinching could have resulted in disqualification at the discretion of the starter.
The Evolution of the Sprint Start rules
Is this good? should flinchers be dqed.
Let me try and think how the rules have changed.
- One warning per athlete and then dqed if same athlete breaks. ?
- One warning on whole field if one athlete breaks and then dqed regardless who makes second false start.
- One Automatic DQ for any movement in the blocks after the set position
- One DQ for leaving the blocks, movement not judged as false start.
Also does anyone remember how the IAAF tried to introduce that stupid beep or gun recorded sound?
And about 90% of people who where asked to vote on it hated it.
I was finally able to watch my copy of the Movie Thelma. Which stars Maja Salvador as the track runner Thelma. The Interesting thing about this movie is it features the legendary Elma Muros ’Guest Appearance’ as ‘Coach Rose’ her coach who recruits Thelma after she wins what appears to be a laned 400m at the Palarong Pambansa. Muros also helped Salvador get in shape not just in reel but in real life.
Ang performance ni Maja maganda from start to finish. Talagang pinush ko siya. Kasi mahirap sa isang artista ang hindi ma-feel kung ano yung sinasabing 1,500 meters sa long-distance running.”Glen P. Sibonga
The 2011 release is an ‘Indie’ Film. (An indie film is an independentley produced film with a limited shooting budget). It was released by Star Cinema and directed by Paul Soriano. The interesting thing is that many provincial athletes from different sports can probably relate to Thelma’s story, as this is not based on an individual but inspired by true stories. I’m certain that Elma Muros who hails from the small island of Romblon off the coast of Luzon was also part of that inspiration.
It was very interesting to see the lack of development in the province and how athletes dealt with it. Thelma obviously grew strong from carrying sacks of rice and bottles of waters on the farm and didn’t require any sort of weight training. The interesting thing was how the track surfaces seemed to get better starting as dirt, then very old tartan, then slightly better tartan, to relatively new looking tartan as she progressed from city to district to regional to the Palarong Pambansa.
The story deals with the struggles and rise of a young Probinsya athlete. Thelma is the tomboyish eldest daughter of a poor farmer in the Ilocos Region. The film is set mainly in Ilocos Norte. And with use of Helicopter the film captures many of the beautiful sites of the region with many scenes overlooking the wind mills of Bangui. She discovers she has a talent for speed. But while this talent creates new opportunities it also presents new challenges to herself and her family. I liked this film as it really captured the difficulties faced by provincial athletes and dealt with several issues. Thelma was her families bread winner so she was faced with the responsibility of having to possibly leave school to help on the farm once her sister was incapacitated in an accident, which was against the opportunity of her continuing her studies. One of the best lines in the movie is with her sister at the wind mill.
“Look Giant Electric Fans. Lots of Them.” – Thelma
“Those are windmills they work like electric fans but in reverse. They get energy from the wind. Every turn they makes create energy. Energy that can be used to power lots of things” – Sister
“Me too, when I run.I run fast. I get energy from inside. I want to run faster. It feels like i’m flying. I want to run so far far away so i can go to different places”
It also dealt with an issue which is rarely tackled and that was culture shock of provincial athletes moving to the city. Even-though the Philippines is one country. The diversities between life styles in the province and the big city are very different. A lot of provincial athletes get ‘Sakit Sa Bahay’ or home sick and miss there families and fail to cope. Others get caught with vices such as drinking, partying and spending. Despite Thelma growing talent as an athlete, her insecurities along with self doubt seem to escalate. Maja shines brightest during Thelma’s darkest moments, dishing out the emotions in an understated manner that will pierce the hearts of moviegoers. So convincing is the portrayal and realism of the acting and storyline and dedication of training of Maja Salvador with Elma on and off set e you would have expected to see Thelma at the UAAP.
EDITORIAL: Why Athletics is Not Popular in the Philippines?
Airnel T. Abarra
Basketball, Boxing, Billiards, Volleyball, and Football. Expect those sports are the major content of sports pages among mainstream media outfits in the Philippines. As an Athletics enthusiast, I need to check different sources in order to view what is the latest news and information about Track and Field. Being one of the oldest sport in human history and the centerpiece event in the Olympic Games, we may wonder why is it that Athletics is not popular in the Philippines?
Market-driven media hegemony
Media outfits in the likes of ABS-CBN, AKTV and GMA are only covering sports with enough mass appeal. Since they are private companies, they have one thing in their mind: Profit. They only air sports that get the most number of sponsors. Because of their influence among sporting fans, they confine the audience with limited choices and put other sports in the last line. Another theory is how Cultural hegemony of the United States affect our choice on what sport should we follow. Philippines become a basketball fanatic nation because the US introduced us to that sport. Since the mainstream sports are the ones always being covered, we can expect people will not be interested in watching or even trying sports like Athletics.
Of course media being also a source of entertainment will bank on sports with athletes with “pleasing personality”. Having a media set-up which is entwined to the entertainment industry, we see most of the athletes that mainstream follow suits to the standard of what is beautiful to a common Filipino: model material “artistahin” etc. Since in Athletics, there is not much “artistahin” we can expect private mainstream media not to bank after them unless they win a big competition overseas.
Compared with the set-up of media in other countries, state-run stations cover mostly big events with track and field as main preference. Japan has NHK, UK has BBC, and China has CCTV. If our government enable our state-run station, People’s Television Network to expand its capabilities and if possible beefed up with more funds, we may expect more coverage for track and field. Another example is how there is no live coverage for Palarong Pambansa even it is esteemed as the National games of the Philippines. Ironic isn’t it?
Another factor is that the current media set up lacks a true Athletics analyst. There are no Dyan Castillejo, Qunito Henson, Ronnie Nathanielsz, and TJ Manotoc who can explain and analyze the sport to common people. I remember during the Sydney 2000 coverage of PTV, Mr. Freddie Abando become the athletics reporter even he is a news reporter. The mainstream media sports setup doesn’t breed new sportscasters who can be expert in Athletics.
No new sporting heroes
Although our current national athletes are winning in some events overseas, they still can’t equate the likes of Lydia De Vega, Elma Muros, Isidro del Prado etc. Because there are no athletes breaking through major athletics tournaments for the past 6-7 years, we can expect that people will not look much for them. Still our national athletes are doing their best, still we need a new talent to emerge and serve as the face of the sport to gain public attention.
Conservatism in the Athletics National Sport Association (NSA)
Compared with other Athletics Associations of most high performing countries, most of them had a true and working website where all news, events and records are disclosed to the public. With the popularity of social networking sites, we may think that Athletics in the Philippines may get popular and more transparent. Yet due to the inaccessibility of records in real time and the lack of a centralized resource hub for Athletics records and news, questions about the validity of records hound the NSA for PHI Athletics. If only the NSA will maximize the use of social media and have a true media bureau desk among their ranks, chances of informing people about athletics will be much better. Make the most out of everything.
Education of athletes and coaches should be done as well. It should not be only about doing academics but doing research to innovative ways in training and performance. UP CHK for example is doing different studies in relation with athletic training and yet only few collaborate with the college to consult their training methods if it is in synch with existing studies in Athletics. As we always said, those you learn during your athletic years are not the same on what should be done now. In common sense, experience is not always the gold standard; education, competence and track record should be.
To top all of this, the NSA should do something and convene all stakeholders in Philippine Athletics. There is should be no room for factionalism or secrecy among its ranks. Open records to anyone who want to check it out. It creates a room of trust and confidence especially among sponsors who want to help Philippine athletics. All sides must be heard and collective statement and actions must be raised. Unity among diversity is the key to success.
There are a lot of things to make Athletics a sport of choice among the Filipinos. We must think for the betterment of the nation because its citizens pay taxes to develop our sport. Innovation, transparency and continuous strive for excellence should be always the core values of any discipline. Trust builds confidence, confidence creates relationships, and relationships create new things. Should we begin now?
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What Philippine Athletics should do?
What Philippine Athletics should do?
By: PinoyAthletics Editorial Team*
From our first editorial “Why Athletics is not popular in the Philippines”, it stirred discussions among the members of the PinoyAthletics community. One may ask, now that you pinpointed the problems, so what is your alternative? This follow-up article will try to roll out our alternative game plan for Philippine Athletics.
Start with clean slate Since 1990, only one leadership resides in the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA). To be fair with them, we will not cite names of the leaders but instead let us focus on what matters most: Start with a fresh mandate. The debacle of PHI athletics for the past years can be attributed to a laid back leadership. Of course mainstream media witnessed how the PATAFA leadership was the talk of the town. To give way to a true leadership change, PSC and POC must open to public the holding of a true, independent and clean election in PATAFA. With the aid of technology and social media, it should be in live streaming video as like how the International Olympic Committee holds host city elections. Through collective and strong leadership, it will create an atmosphere of openness and innovation among stakeholders in Philippine Athletics.
Genuine, mass-based and scientific Athletics programme Genuine in the sense that it should serve the interests of the Filipino people who are the primary investor in Philippine Athletics funds through their taxes. Transparency from the highest honchos down to the athletes itself must be properly implemented. Regular submission of financial statements and of course event results posted on a working and user-friendly website should start this up. Conservatives may say that budget is always the problem. Of course it is given that PSC is lacking funds but in order to haul sponsors, the agency itself must package itself as a trustworthy organization that is fitted for a sponsorship deal. Moreover, records should be open for public scrutiny and regular caucus and should be set.
Mass-based activities through a total reform in local PATAFA chapters to all provinces and cities in the Philippines. From there, local government units will realize that PATAFA is connecting to their people being the National Sport Association for Athletics. Through continuous education of athletes, coaches and trainers to the latest and scientific training programmes based on sound research by educational institutions like the College of Human Kinetics of the University of the Philippines Those people who will be given those opportunities continuing education will be chosen based on their honest intentions and capabilities and not just for self-promotion or prestige. From the regional down to the city or municipal levels, Athletics club should be institutionalized, PATAFA chapters should steering the track and field activities and contests there as the true national governing body.
That’s why the concept of a club system to local Athletics club must be implemented. All those clubs will compete to a National Open or its equivalent where the pool for National team will be selected. With the numerous Athletics competitions like Palarong Pambansa, UAAP, NCAA, and UniGames, the Philippine Athletics calendar should be in harmony and not in conflict to each other with the different events in the country. Through setting up of local competitions regularly with PATAFA as prime organizer, new talents in the community will be motivated to stay in the sport since competitions and other events are there to join in and not just waiting for one Palarong Pambansa every year for their exposure.
In the presence of numerous road-running activities PATAFA should be the sanctioning body for these events like what the Games and Amusements Board doing in professional sports. PATAFA should not be a sleeping giant waiting for talents just to knock to their doors but really integrate themselves to the masses. That is where talents and future champions are discovered. Ivory tower concept in sports should be destroyed.
Scientific- What training program we did in the 80’s will not suffice to this era. So the continuous implementation of scientific training program should be a cornerstone of athlete development. PATAFA should not just only send athletes for training overseas but inviting and immerse with coaches and trainers from different countries like Germany, Russia etc. We are sure by contacting and creating agreements to Athletic powerhouse countries, it will result to innovations. As we noted earlier, UP College of Human Kinetics pool of young sports scientists and human movement science experts can provide PATAFA the latest information. Also other research agencies like the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development- Department of Science and Technology can be tapped through their researchers what may find ways in managing the well-being of the athletes.
Inclusive and collective leadership- successful organizations have a main component: unity and cooperation among its ranks. People working the organization should be competent and has all the values of a servant. By removing the political influence and self-interests by constant disposition checks and balances as well as self-criticism, Philippine Athletics patrons will not divert to different leadership perspectives but only following one line: serving the people.
All the things we say here will not miraculously heal Philippine Athletics. Our stand is that change must start as soon as possible inside and outside the system; find ways for total reform if not revolution in the organization and all the people involved. Make Athletics has its place in the sun and map of Philippine Sports scene; inspire athletes and the masses that we should be serving in the first place.
Comments, reactions, and invitations for a thorough discussion are most welcome.
*Andrew Pirie and Airnel T. Abarra
How do you solve a problem like Philippine Sports
Thread started by Coolenz from Pinoyexchange.com
The Original thread is available here http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585350
Like many Pexers and sport-loving Filipinos across the archipelago and throughout the world, I am sick and tired of the present situation of Philippine sports particularly the country’s declining performance in major international events like the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and Olympics.
In the recent London Olympics, our athletes were nowhere near world-class standards. The only one who advanced to the next round of his event was boxer Mark Barriga, who only made it to the Round of 16. Of course, I was no longer surprised with their performance as they went up against athletes who are well-trained, well-fed, well-equipped and were given all the support they need.
We can’t blame the athletes for their lackluster performance. How can we expect Marestella Torres to make a personal best jump if she can’t even train at the Rizal Memorial oval and had to travel outside Metro Manila just to practice? How can we expect Hidlyn Diaz to make a solid lift when she trains on rusted barbels and had to use another facility that is fully equipped? How can we expect archers Mark Javier and Rachel Cabral to be on target when they are using broken arrows aimed at a makeshift target?
They can defy the odds in the Southeast Asian Games and perhaps the Asian Games but definitely not the Olympics.
Having a meager budget for Philippine sports is definitely a big factor but it is not an excuse for not winning medals. There should be a collaboration from the private sectors and a sound long-term sports program should be in place.
If you ask me, the London Olympics debacle should be the last straw. But we all know that more failures lie ahead unless a drastic change is implemented as soon as possible.
Saying that the Filipinos will not succeed in the Olympics is ridiculous. No doubt the talent is there. Otherwise the country would not have produced world champions in non-Olympic sports like professional boxing, practical shooting, wushu, bowling, billiards and dragon-boat racing. The biggest challenge is nurturing that talent and transforming that athlete into a legitimate medal contender in the Olympics.
To do that, a change in the present system is badly needed.
The consensus among sports columnists and sports-loving individuals is the need for a major facelift in the country’s sports agencies and overhaul the entire system. There are parties pushing for the abolition of the Philippine Sports Commission and replacing it with a new governing body. There are also those calling for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco, who has held this position since 2004.
Despite the declining performance of Philippine sports under his term, Cojuangco is reportedly still keen on running for a third term as POC president. And the alarming note here is that there are no challengers for the said post. Names like Ricky Vargas, Popoy Juico and Manny Lopez have been floated but these are all unconfirmed. Cojuangco won a second term in 2008 when he defeated then Philippine shooting president Art Macapagal in a closely-contested election.
In the eyes of sportswriters and fans, Peping has clearly outlived his welcome. It’s time for him to go and hand over his position to another individual. Hopefully, his successor is a visionary and somebody who is not connected with the officials we have at present. As who that person is? Well, your guess is as good as mine.
Pinoyathletics response by Pirie Enzo
Is this the first, second, or maybe third chance for Peping? I have already lost count.
I agree with ‘Vincex’ and ‘Peter Utol’. What the Philippines needs to do is bring in a new generation of sports leaders to modernize the sport. Much the same as what Michael Keon and Anthony Benson did with the Gintong Alay Project back in the early 1980s.
Regardless of his affiliations, Trillanes is right. However creating a Department of Sports won’t answer anything if the people running it don’t know anything about sports development either.
It’s like the Department of Health talking about health, or the people going to gyms exercising and achieving nothing.
It takes technique and skill. Something we have to learn from foreign entities. Just as Paquiao did.
I think sports such as weightlifting, boxing (if they can convince someone to stay in amateurs long enough to not turn pro) and Bowling (if it becomes an olympic sport) are the three bets. The Philippines sports leaders are kidding themselves if they think Basketball or Track and Field or Swimming is where we are going to win olympic gold medals. ‘THE PHILIPPINES WILL NEVER WIN AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL IN BASKETBALL, TRACK AND FIELD OR SWIMMING’.
However the Philippines could be quite dominating at SEA Games level in the above mentioned sports if the right programs are put in place. This is where i agree with vincex, Keon and Australian coach Anthony Benson knew what they were doing and the Philippines reaped the benefits at sea games and even Asian level.
Where are the Keon’s and Benson’s of this world now????
If you will just rely on the Pinoy race to naturally evolve into a world-class type of athletes, it will take a millennium. I suggest two things: Introduce Anglo or African genes into the mainstream gene pool and then accelerate the development with steroids and we will probably see some serious competitors in 2024 at the earliest.
-Peter Utol wrote
Also in regards to Peter Utol. No need to resort to PEDs, but in regards to what you say the Philippines seems very reluctant to recruit a lot of Fil-Heritage athletes. Certainly in events such as sprinting which are dominated by West Africans these sort of genes would be favorable for the sport read this article below.
A swell as that a lot of Asian nations are already recruiting and naturalizing Kenyan, Ethiopian, Moroccan distance runners and Nigerian sprinters into there ranks to boost their domestic pool. Its not just about importing and recruiting athletes however its about also making sure we have good programs in place, well organized meets to boost are depth.
Focusing on Event legacies rather than individuals to build Depth of talent
The issue with a sports institute like system where you invest all the money into one or two good athletes in an event, and forget about developing the competition and further depth in the event. Take for example we have eight runners in a national final. And we choose only to focus on the first and the second. What happens is the other runners tend to drop out of the sport, as the money goes into developing these two athletes individually rather than investing it into holding quality competitions which is better self sustaining.
The snag with this is what happens if these runners we have singled out get injured or decide to leave the sport for personal reasons, e.g. work, family issues, or illness?? then we are back to square one where we have to start from scratch again. Rather than investing in events instead of individuals, if we do that like a lot of western nations then we would have self sustaining events which means the event would be strong enough that it would have less need for investment. So if one or two of the runners in the example leave for reasons outlined above at least we have invested into the event not the individuals and there is another six runners to carry on the continuity of the events legacy.
- Trillanes wants Aquino’s uncle stripped of POC chairmanship (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Prepare to win in next OlympicsâSen. Pangilinan (sports.inquirer.net)
- How Do Professional Athletes Still go “Broke” (craniumfitteds.com)
- REVOLUTION FROM THE GRASSROOTS: Insights on the advocacy of RUN FOR CHANGE (pinoyathletics.com)
- Burma’s 2013 SEA Games to Have 32 Sports (irrawaddy.org)
- Prepare to win in next OlympicsâSen. Pangilinan (sports.inquirer.net)
- Interview: Laguna Sports and Games Development Office (PSGDO) Head Albert Abarquez (pinoyathletics.com)
Ensayo para sa kabataang atleta: Ano ba ang dapat?
Airnel T. Abarra*
Hangad ng bawat isang atleta na manalo. Walang makapapalit sa damdamin ng isang nagtatagumpay sa larangang kanyang kinabibilangan. Sa pag-aasam na manalo ng isang atleta o koponan sa larangan ng Athletics, malaking tanong pa rin kung paano ba dapat tingnan ang mithiin ng bawat isa. Dapat bang mag-asa-elite athlete kaagad sa murang edad o kaya ay hayaang makapaglaro ang isang atleta sa isport na kanyang nais? Layunin ng artikulong ito na magsimula ng pagtalakay kung ano ang dapat paiiraling programa ng mga coach sa pakikitungo nila sa mga batang atleta.
Papel ng guro o coach
Malaki ang impluwensiya ng uri ng pagtuturo ng coach sa kahandaan ng isang mag-aaral o manlalaro sa isang isport. Ang mga mag-aaral na binibigyan ng tamang pagpapahalaga ang kanilang ginagawa at may kaunting kalayaan (autonomy) sa mga aktibidad ay higit na mas mataas ang pagpapahalaga sa isport kaysa roon sa mga mag-aaral na binibigyan ng sobrang pagdiin o pressure (Goudas, 1994). Kung paiiralin ang tamang uri ng programa at pag-eensayo sa mga atleta, halimbawa sa mga kababaihan, mas magkakaroon sila ng mataas na tiwala sa sarili at pagganyak sa kanilang napiling laro (Henschen et al, 1992).
Espesyalisayon ng batang atleta: Tama o mali?
Madalas na paninwala ng mga Pilipino mas madaling hubugin ang isang tao habang bata pa ito. Kaya nga ito ay nasasalamin din sa oryentasyon sa isport ng isang kabataan. Marami ang pumipili lamang ng iisang isport kung saan sila magpapakadalubhasa. Kadalasan ito ay nasa impluwensya ng mga magulang o ng coach.
Sa pag-aaral ni Brenner (2007) may mga hindi kanais-nais na bunga ang pagkakaroon ng early specialization ng mga atleta sa iisang isport. Tinalakay niya ang tungkol sa malabis na paggamit at pag-eensayo na makapagdudulot ng pagkabagot (burn-out) sa isang batang atleta. Ipinaliwanag niya ang ilang konsepto gaya ng mga sumusunod:
Overuse injury- pagkasira o trauma ng buto, muscles o tendons dahil sa paulit-ulit na paggamit nito ng walang sapat na pahinga. Nagdudulot ito ng tendonitis o pagkasira ng mga tendons o mga gatil na nag-uugnay ng muscles sa mga buto.
Overtraining- Malabis na pag-eensayo sa isang atleta sa mahabang panahon. Minumungkahi ng American Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness na hindi dapat lalampas sa 5 beses sa isang linggo ang ensayo ng isang batang atleta.
Burn out syndrome- serye ng mga pagbabago sa katawan at isipan na nakapagdudulot ng paghina ng laro ng isang atleta.
Sa nabanggit na pag-aaral minumungkahi ng Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness ng American Academy of Pediatrics ang mga sumusunod:
- Hikayatin ang mga atleta na magkaroon ng pahinga ng 1-2 araw sa kanilang isport. Sa gayon makababawi ang kanilang katawan at isipan mula sa kanilang pag-eensayo.
- Hindi dapat tumaas ng 10 porseynto ang ipagagawang training programme sa isang atleta sa loob lamang ng isang linggo ng ensayo. (Halimbawa: pagdaragdag ng 1-2 kilometrong sa training na umaabot ng 10 kilometro kada linggo)
- Hikayatin ang atleta na pansamantalang sumubok ng ibang isport sa matapos ang 2-3 buwang pag-eensayo sa kanyang naunang larangan.
- Dapat ang ensayo ay maging kawili-wili, ligtas, nagtuturo ng bagong kasanayan at pagiging mabuting isport.
- Bigyan ng pagkakataon na sa iisang team lamang sumali ang isang atleta sa partikular serye o season.
- Maging alerto sa mga sinasabing sakit o injury ng atleta gayundin ang pagkawala ng interes sa pag-aaral. Bigyan ito ng sapat na atensyong medikal at akademiko sa lalong madaling panahon.
- Ipanukala na magkaroon ng sapat na medical team sa bawat tournament sa sasalihan ng ng atleta. Ituro sa mga atleta ang tamang pagtingin sa injury at iba pang karamdaman. Palagiang komunsulta sa doktor o dalubhasa sa medisina.
- Magkaroon ng panahon upang turuan ang mga coach, atleta pati ang kanilang mga magulang sa tamang nutrisyon, kaligtasan sa isport, at pag-iwas sa over training.
- Maging maingat sa pagpapalaro sa mga batang atleta upang makaiwas sila sa injury at bigyan rin ng payo ang kanilang mga magulang ukol dito.
Batay sa mga literaturang nabanggit, mahalagang malaman na ang pag-eensayo sa mga batang atleta ay isang maingat na bagay na dapat pinag-aaralan , sinurusri at pinag-iisipan. Hindi sapat ang mga naunang kaalaman o karanasan bilang katibayan kung ang isang guro o coach ay nasa tamang landas. Patuloy na nagbabago ang mga konsepto sa larangan ng Sports Science at Physical Education. Kung nais natin ng mahuhusay na manlalaro, simulan dapat ng bawat isa ang patuloy na pagbabago para sa kung ano ang tama at totoo.
Brenner JS, MD, MPH, and the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness (2007) Overuse Injuries, Overtraining, and Burnout in Child and Adolescent Athletes. American Academy of Pediatrics. Retrieved 23-July-2012 from http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/doi/10.1542/peds.2007-0887
Goudas M, Biddle S, Fox K and Underwood M. (1994) It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it! Teaching style affects children’s motivation in Track and Field Lessons. Retrieved 23-July-2012 from http://www.spectrumofteachingstyles.org/pdfs/literature/Goudas%20(2).pdf
Henschen KP, Edwards SW, And Mathinos L. (1982) Achievement Motivation And Sex-Role Orientation Of High School Female Track And Field athletes Versus Non-athletes. Perceptual And Motor Skills: Volume 55, Issue, Pp. 183-187.
*Ang may-akda ay kasalukuyang guro ng MAPEH sa Sta. Filomena Extension- Del Remedio National High School, San Pablo City, Laguna at kandidato sa kursong MS Human Movement Science Major in Exercise Science sa Kolehiyo ng Kinetikang Pantao- Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman
PSC/Philippine National Games Full Review
(May 28-31) Dumaguete
By Pirie Enzo
Discussion Points? Ways to Improve the National Championships??
(Feel Free to comment on the above suggestions welcome)
1. Have more lavish Medal Ceremonies in between events. It instills upon the athletes a sense that meet has more importance.
2. Have lead up meets on the calendar, maybe even a National Grand Prix Series.
3. Eliminate the 2 athletes per event per team rule as this limits participation
4. Divide the meet
a) Perhaps conduct a separate National Junior Championships as this allows Juniors to compete against Seniors at the actual National Championships increasing participation
b) have a separate Relay meet which allows athletes to focus energy on individual events at the main Championships.
5. Advertise and promote the event a lot earlier
6. Find Private Sponsors to help boost the event
7. Have a more enthusiastic commentator who actually commentated during the event. Rather just reading out the event numbers and outdated/incorrect records on the program sheet.
8. marshaling for events on time
9. Incentives cash or prize for National Junior and National Records
The Philippine National Games (PNG) is a multi-sport event competition, including the sports of Track and Field (also known as Athletics). It follows the same format as the annual Palarong Pambansa (which caters for elementary and high schools) and the now redundant Philippine Olympic Festivals which ran from 2006 to 2007 (another project of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC).
The PNG is funded and endorsed by the PSC. Although the project was reborn in 2011 in Bacolod as the 1st PSC-National Games. The event had actually been staged previously in 1997 in Cebu. The Second National Games was held this May in Dumaguete. This article will focus on the Track and Field program.
It began of as a complicated finalization as at the beginning of the year the PSC mentioned they would have the PNG May 28-31 in Dumaguete. However due to the recent earthquake in Dumaguete there was scares that the repair of the facilities to host the events would not be ready in time and made lead to cancellation or postponement of the event. In the mean time the PATAFA was preparing to hold the National Open May 17-21 in Santa Cruz Laguna. This led to confusion in the track community. Would their infact be two national meets in the space of less than a month?. After much twists and turns with the event organizers the mayor of Dumaguete finally teamed up with the Governor of Negros to eventually host the event. Thus the National Open in Santa Cruz was postponed to a much later date.
Track and Field at the National Games
Below are reviews summaries based on the daily reviews of the games by Pinoymiler Blog Founder Moriel Carreon
Their were some flashes of brilliance which could be expected at the National Games with Junior Triple Jumper Felyn Dolloso (Hypersports) overcoming several obstacles to break the National Triple Jump girls (19 and under) record (12.55m) (read about it here) and Thrower Loralie Amahit (Baguio) breaking the women’s record in Hammer.
However partly due to reasons listed in the above paragraph (event issues), attendance was at an all time low for National Track and Field meets with only around 300 athletes attending.
Several University teams that had prepared for Laguna had decided to skip the meet, while only a small group of athletes from Taipei served as the only foreign entries to this meet. (The Sabah team who are regular annual attenders did not make the trip this year as it clashed with the Taipei meet held a few days before).
The declining number of entries was high lighted further as concern in the women’s sprints event with 2-4 entries in the women’s 100,200,400,100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles.
The eventual winner of the mens division was the well-organized team of Run for Change which focussed solely on the mens division, whereas Hypersports operating on a smaller budget finished second in the mens and won the girls division (with only five girls), Laguna won the women’s division.
Distance: Mens 800m Show Down
The most highly anticipated race of the meet was the Mens 800m between SEA Games Silver Medalist (800/1500) Mervin Guarte (Laguna) and the two Hypersports runners Paul Billones and Wenlie Maulas of Hypersports. Who had run some fast 400m times coached by Sam Goldberg leading up to the games. Read about it here. Guarte held off the fast finishining Wenlie Maulas 1.52.19 to 1.52.92 with Billones getting the bronze.
The Womens 5k was won by Floredeliza Donos (Baguio) in a ’blanket’ finish of 17.44.84 edging Mary Grace Delos Santos (Cebu) by .01s, with national team member Jhoann Banayag (Laguna) settling for bronze. SEA Games Champion Rene Herrera had a comfortable win of 9:05.84 in the Mens Steeple Chase. Veteran Buenavista won a tactical 5k race from fellow veteran Julius Sermona. With Sermona winning the 10k.
SEA Games Veterans Shine
Meanwhile in other events, SEA Games Gold and Bronze medalists Marestella Torres and Kat Santos leapt 6.58m and 6.19m to place 1-2 in the Womens Long Jump. The consistent Torres has already made the olympic B Standard with her 6.71m Long Jump the only athlete to do so in at least the last 12 years. Four time SEA Games gold medalist Arniel Ferrera (PAF-Hypersports) ruled the Men’s Hammer Throw with a throw of 55.48m and Discus. And former sea games gold medalist Rosie Villarito won the Javelin in 48.42m. Jhoann Banayag easily won the 10k in 37:36.27
In the Mens Hurdles the much billed showdown between National Record Holder Patrick Unso (TMS) and former training pool member/Taipei based Robin Darwin Tuliao (who ran #2 fastest time of all time, read about it here). Tuliao unable to make the Games but expected to show at the National Open this Month. Unso won easily with a season leading time of 14.65 in the 110m Hurdles. While his junior counterpart Michael Man-ay clocked a fast 15.06 in the heats but was beaten in the finals.
Hypersports, 18-year-old Michelle Loterte easily won the Girls Hurdles in a personal best of 15.15 over a second ahead of her nearest rivals. With the retirements of National Record Holder Sheena Atilano and UAAP Record Holder Zara Dela Virgo, and many of the what remained of the countries current best senior women hurdlers choosing to skip the meet the field was rather lacking in the womens Hurdles.
Meanwhile in the Mens Hurdles Junrey Bano comfortably won in 52.02s.
Open Womens Sprints Lacking participation
The same could be said for the women’s sprints like last year with only four in the women’s 100m which was won by Katherine Khay Santos (Baguio) 12.17, Hanelyn Loquinto (Laguna) 12.38 and Krizia Leah Apelar (HyperSports) 12.45.
Womens 100m Final (photo by Ed Karrel Gamboa)
Fil-am Apelar came back to win a two woman final in 25.04 from hypersport team-mate Lorna Olarita. While Olarita (PRISAA Champion) also placed second to Keizel Pedrina (Hypersports) who ran a 56.88 PB in a very windy final.
Meanwhile Pedrina placed second to Josie Malacad (Laguna, 1:02.36 PB) in what was also a three woman final. (Photo by Ed Karrel Gamboa)
The declining number of female sprinters participating at this meet should be of great concern as looking back to 2000 women’s 100-200-400 used to have heats, semis and finals. With this year the women’s 400m having an all time low of two entries which would have almost forced the event to not feature at all at the games.
Meanwhile in the Juniors numbers were high with UAAP sprint treble Champion Jennyrose Rosales (12.60) claiming the National Junior title ahead of Palaro Champion Maureen Emily Schrivjers (12.68) and Batang Pinoy Champion Mary Anthony Diesto. Rosales also claimed the double in the Womens 200m (25.60).
Hypersports 4×100 lineup of Olarita, Apelar, Pedrina and Riezel Buenaventura won the women’s relays. Despite the fact this was more of a B Team lineup as top sprinters Princess Joy Griffey and Luville Dato-on where not able to make appearances. The girls all-star lineup of Loterte, Rosales, Angco and Schrivjers had a complete victory in the girls clocking (49.36) While in the Mens Division the Laguna Team ruled the mens 4×100 (41.32) and 4×400.
In the Mens Sprints Archand Bagsit collected the mens-double with 21.67 and 48.50. Bagsit the SEA Games silver medalist last year, ran a tiring set of sub 48 runs at the Grand Prix in Thailand last month including a personal best of 47.42.
Below is my proposed Wiki, for another legend of Track and Field. In order to qualify for this status athlete must currently hold a record in a senior event.
Loralie Amahit Sermona (born Nov 1, 1981), is a Filipino Hammer Thrower and currently holds the National Record. Sermona is from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Attending Binalbagan High School and Binalbagan Catholic College.
As a member of the Negros Occidental team she was the National Junior Champion in the Womens Hammer two years in a row in 1999 and 2000. In her first year as a senior she registered a throw of 36.90m still trailing top thrower Roselyn Hamero. The following year however Sermona established herself as the top Hammer Thrower in the Philippines with a national record of 44.88m in the new event for women. She later would improve this mark to 45.28m with a 9th place finish at the Asian Track and Field Championships in Manila in 2003. At the 2005 SEA Games in Manila she improved her NR to 48.63m. At the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand she improved her NR to 49.79m however finished just outside the medals in fourth place.
In 2011 now competing under the surname Sermona (as had married national team mate and distance runner Julius Sermona) won her first medal at the SEA Games with a Bronze throw of 49.69m in Palembang, Indonesia.
She again improved her mark in 2012 twice first by winning the Philippine National Games in Dumaguete with 50.03m, and then a month later at the Hong Kong Invitationals this time finishing second with 50.23m.