LINGAYEN– “Just like in life, challenges in sports must always bring out the best in you.”
This was pointed out by Governor Amado Espino III in his speech during the opening ceremonies of Pangasinan Division II Sports Meet 2018 held at the Mangaldan Central School on October 25.
With over 2,000 delegates from 22 municipalities, athletes clash for supremacy in the following sporting events: athletics, arnis, archery, badminton, basketball, baseball, billiards, chess, dance sports, football, futsal, gymnastics, softball, sepak takraw, pencak silat, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, swimming and boxing.
The governor also reminded the players that they must compete in the spirit of sportsmanship, fair play and above all, to foster respect with co-players all throughout the game.
Recounting his experiences as a sports buff himself, the provincial chief executive urged athletes to hone their sports prowess and never let setbacks shatter their dreams.
Espino urged coaches and parents to continue to support the aspirations of their players not only to bring home victory, but also, to become a better person even outside the sports arena.
“Ang magandang kinabukasan ng ating mga estudyante ay magbubunga ng magandang kinabukasan ng ating mahal na probinsya ng Pangasinan,” Governor beamed with pride as he affirmed provincial government’s commitment in supporting the youth.
Meanwhile, Schools Division Superintendent Atty. Donato Balderas, Jr. pointed out that the sports competition aims to inculcate a positive good outlook in the students as it prepares for the formation of teams to compete in the upcoming Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet 2019.
Challenging the athletes to bring back the championship title in R1AA, Delia Hufana-Patalud, public schools district supervisor and overall chairman in this year’s Division II sports meet, urged all players to give their best shot if they want to be part of the team.
The awarding ceremony of four-day sports meet is will be held today October 28 at the Mangaldan Central School. I (PIO/SMDG)
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