Toril ace eyes Palaro gold

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

TORIL jumper Fernando Jison Jr. targets the gold medal when he competes in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa from May 4 to 10 in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

The 15-year-old, third year student of Doña Carmen Denia National High School clinched the gold medal of secondary boys high jump in the Davao Regional Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet 2014 at Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Sports Complex in Tagum City.

Jison, who stands five-foot-eight, cleared 1.71 meters in his second jump to beat his rivals from Digos City and Compostela Valley Province.


He dreamt of winning a Palaro gold since elementary when he first had the chance to advance in the nationals.

He, thus, vowed to do his best this time.

“Gusto na gyud nako maka-gold sa Palaro kay dugay na kaayo nako na nga pangandoy, paningkamotan gyud nako na makuha karon (I will do everything to clinch a Palaro gold. That's what I've been dreaming ever since),” Jison Jr. said in an interview.

Jison wants to break the 1.93 meters record that was registered by a jumper from Luzon so he is bent on training seriously.

He is the third among four children of Fernando Sr, former OFW, and Evelyn, who passed away last year due to cervical cancer.

He started jumping after his Grade 3 teacher asked him to join citing his height. When he went home that day, he learned that his mother was also a high jumper during her High School years.

“Akong Mama ang inspirasyon nako kay supportive kaayo siya, pareho man mi nga athelete ug specialty sab niya kay high jump mao nga na-engganyo pod ko bisan gusto sa akong Papa nga magbasketbol ko (My mom inspired me and supported me because she used to be an athlete who specialized in high jump. I was encouraged to jump although my father wanted me to play basketball),” the Usain Bolt fan shared.

His elder sister Shandy was a former volleyball player while other siblings Ernest and Shamae are also high jumpers.

Meanwhile, Coach Libert Digao said Jison stands a good chance for a Palaro gold although he has to improve on his power and speed in triple jump and long jump events.

Digao is confident that Jison will get the training he needs at the sprawling DDSTC in Tagum.

The Holy Cross College of Davao is scouting him this early.

Jison dreams of being a flight steward as it is also his father's dream for him.

"I want to go places," he said in the vernacular.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 09, 2014.


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