Balon Dagupan team set to defend R1AA crown

THE Balon Dagupan athletes are all set to defend their 2018 title in the coming Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet which will reel off from March 6 to 11 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

Dagupan City Sports Commission Vice Chair Finnela T. Sim said the athletes prepared well to give their best in the coming R1AA Meet as current defending champions.

The members of the Dagupan team underwent a month-long high-intensity training in their respective events.

This year, Balon Dagupan will send a 611-strong delegation to the 2019 R1AA Meet, 474 of whom will compete in all the events.

The city government, through Mayor Belen T. Fernandez’s initiative, supported the players and athletes with coaches, new equipment and allowances throughout.

The athletes and their coaches also received their P3,500 competition allowance.

The delegation received their brand new athletic shoes, sets of uniforms, and complete sports gears at the Bonuan Boquig Elementary School last week.

After the distribution facilitated by the Dagupan City Sports Commission and Department of Education – Schools Division Office Dagupan, the athletes were given measles vaccination by the City Health Office as a precautionary measure.

Sim said the city will join the two new sports events, namely boxing and wrestling.

The Balon Dagupan athletes will compete in arnis, archery, athletics, badminton, billiards, baseball, basketball, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepak takraw, pencak silat, tennis, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball, softball, and wushu.  

Students from SPED will also join the games in athletics, swimming, and bocce. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)

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