Contingent of 180 will be formed

BATANG PINOY TRYOUTS

LINGAYEN — Governor Amado Espino III reminded the more than 3,500 athletes and officials of the importance of discipline when he opened the Pangasinan Provincial Try-Outs for Batang Pinoy 2017 on July 22 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) in Lingayen.

A sports enthusiast himself, Espino stressed that discipline is fundamental in developing not only well-rounded athletes but good citizens who will carry with them not only their family names, but also the name of their community and their province.

The more than 3,500 participants composed of athletes, coaches, tournament managers, and technical officials from all over Pangasinan converged in Lingayen, Calasiao (for Taekwondo and Karatedo), and San Carlos City (Swimming) last July 22-23.

An estimated 180 participants will be selected to represent Pangasinan team in the upcoming 2017 Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg.

The sports events held in Lingayen were: archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball (3-on-3), boxing, chess, cycling, sepak takraw, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and wushu.

The try-outs organized by the Provincial Sports Development Council (PSDMC) offered the province’s top athletes an avenue and an opportunity to further train in the 17 sports events that team Pangasinan will compete in the Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg on October 22-28 in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

According to Vice Governor Ferdinand Calimlim, competing in a try-out is the first step in achieving an athlete’s future in sports even as he reminded participants that not qualifying in the Batang Pinoy Pangasinan team should not deter them from their goals in becoming one of the best athletes.

Official results for the final line up of delegates to comprise Pangasinan are still being deliberated, as of press time. (PIO/KMJR)