Campos, Bantiloc seek pride in 7th Asean ParaGames-A A +A
Thursday, January 9, 2014
BAGUIO ParaGames archers Allan Campos and Agustina Bantiloc leaves the country today with a lot of optimism of bringing home honor for the country for the seventh Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) ParaGames slated January 14-20 in Myanmar.
Together with 56 other athletes representing the Philippines, Bantiloc and Campos will try to hit their marks against other competing countries to snatch medals in their respective event.
“We hope na makasungkit kami ng medal para naman magkaroon ng kompiyansa ang bansa natin sa mga tulad namin na differently abled athletes lalo na sa archery,” said Bantiloc.
The former lady power lifter, changed her course of sport event in 2011 when she played and snatched a bronze medal during the 6th staging of the ParaGames in Indonesia.
“This time we will come more prepared and that will be a good start, conditioning during the last time was really hard kasi biglaan lang naman,” Bantiloc said.
Campos, a former policeman and a first time ParaGames competitor, will look to chase his own pride during the occasion.
“We will know kung ano ang chances kapag nag-umpisa na ang mga laro, for now I’m focused sa preparations mentally and physically,” Campos quipped.
Coach John Hongitan meanwhile said he is positively looking forward to the outcome of the competition.
“As of now I am positively confident na ang mga archers natin are already at 80 percent ready for the competition,” said Hongitan.
“We will try our best, kung papalarin at mabigyan ng chance why shouldn’t the archers aim for gold medals,” Hongitan added.
Other athletes representing the country are table tennis ace Josephine Medina and bemedalled powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, who seek to at least improve her fifth place finish in the last edition in Solo, Indonesia.
Medina hopes to bring the momentum from her semifinal stint in the individual C8 competitions in London to make waves in Myanmar while 2000 Paralympics bronze medalist Ancheta seeks to win her sixth straight Asean Paragames gold.
Agustin Kitan, who also hails from Baguio, will raise the flag together with fellow powerlifter Achelle Guion, with Roger Tapia and Andy Avelana and Isidro Vildosola in athletics, along with swimmer Ernie Gawilan, a triple gold medalist and record-breaker in the last Asean ParaGames.
The Philippines won 23 golds back in 2011 ranking an overall fifth place, led by the seven-gold harvest of Gawilan and the swimming team and the three-gold, one-silver, one-bronze feat of Medina in table tennis, along with 23 silvers and 38 bronzes.
Thailand will try to defend the overall title where they took a 126-96-73 gold-silver-bronze tow, with Indonesia (113-108-89), Malaysia (51-36-45), and Vietnam (44-44-72) taking the top four spots.
The Pinoy ParaGamers will participate in table tennis, swimming, athletics, powerlifting, chess, wheelchair basketball, and archery.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 10, 2014.