The best girls table paddler

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

THIS year's So Kim Cheng Sports Awards outstanding female athlete in table tennis is 11-year-old Lyndie Marie Darlo of Marahan National High School.

Darlo brought home an elementary girls individual gold medal for the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last May. She also steered Davraa's golden finish in the team event.

"Sauna dream lang ni nako na makadaog ug mga medals karon isa-isa na nako natupad tungod sa akong pagpaningkamot na magpraktis sa akong sports (Winning medals was just a dream, now I've started to fulfill it through my hardwork in training)," said the youngest child of Landelino and Narcisa Darlo in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao last Tuesday.


Aside from her double gold performance in the Palaro, she also forged good friendships with her teammates Kristine Joy Marikit andKyla Ceilo Bernaldez of Panabo City and Maria Kerstine Peralta of Tagum.

The seventh-grader also snatched a gold in the Davraa meet 2014, improving her silver output in the 2013 staging of the regional games.
She was six years old when her father introduced her to table tennis.

Lindy, who hails from Marilog District, was inspired by her sister Issa Lee who had also won a Palaro gold in the past.

She said, "Naibog ko sa akong ate basta makita nako siya mudaog sa mga Palaro na competition mao to ni ingun ko sa akong sarili na kung kaya ni ate kaya sad nako (I was jealous of my sister's Palaro achievements that's why I told myself that if she can I do it, I can also do it)."
A year leater, she started playing competitively.

She believes that perseverance and practice are the keys to excel in any sport and in academics. She bragged about her good grades as she manages her time with her training as well.

She said, "Pagdako nako ako na sad ang mutabang sa atong mga batang athletes. Magpatayo ko ug taining facility para sa table tennis ug magconduct ko ug sports clinics nga libre para sa ilaha (When I grow up, it would be my time to give back and help other young athletes. I will provide a training facility and conduct table tennis clinics for free)."
Lindy, however, considers herself a newbie even if she's been a player for five years.

"I'm happy where I am now and all the credit goes to my family who supported me from the start up until now. I'm also very proud to represent Davao Region in every competition and it's just a bonus if I get the medals," she added in the vernacular.

She urged athletes to choose the sport they love, be committed to it and practice hard so they can reap what they sow.

Lindy will be seeing action in the Kadayawan sportesfest next month.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 13, 2014.


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