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Friday, February 7, 2014
THE 570-member Davao City delegation, left on Thursday to compete in the four-day Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet that will open on Sunday at the Davao Del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City.
Athletes were joined by their coaches and chaperons when they left via a convoy of 10 passenger buses.
A send-off program was held Wednesday afternoon at Davao City National High School (DCNHS) with Sports Development Office of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge William "Butch" Ramirez, Department of Education (Deped) Physical Education and School Sports (Pess) supervisor Jimmy Cerojales, division sports coordinator Jima Gelmo and DCNHS principal George Wong as guests.
Ramirez urged the athletes to believe in themselves that they can be on top.
“You are not only measured in your skills and abilities. To become number one, you should have good values,” he said.
He said that all athletes are judged even before the game and that displaying good manners in the competition makes one a champion.
“If you give 100 percent belief in yourself, you have better chances of winning. But if you do not prepare and think of yourself less than your rivals, you will probably be defeated,” he said.
He reminded the athletes and coaches to play tough but fair and surpass all the challenges that may come during the meet. “Avoid conflicts within the team and your competitors. Take good care of this opportunity because this will define your success in the future,” he said.
Cerojales, in a recent interview, said the city is all set to defend the over-all title in the regional qualifying for the Palarong Pambansa.
The meet is a crucial process to determine the selection of players for the Palaro-bound Davraa team. It can be recalled that the region slumped to its lowest ranking in last year's Palaro, finishing 11th overall.
The Palaro is slated May 4 to 12 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 07, 2014.