Out of the 18 divisions from Region III, team Olongapo bagged first place in the city category and placed 3rd in the over-all provincial ranking of the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) meet held in Zambales Sports Complex last February 19-24, 2012.
This is the fifth straight year that Olongapo topped the CLRAA city category.
After a week of tough competition, Olongapeños gathered 27 gold, 19 silver and 40 bronze medals and earned a total of 247.91 points. Olongapo also won early honors- the best salute of the athletes during the opening ceremonies.
Athletes who took home the gold in their respective fields will represent the region in the upcoming Palarong Pambansa set in Pangasinan this summer.Besting most of the sports events, Olongapeño athletes from elementary and secondary levels outplayed their competitors in various events such as swimming, taekwondo, lawn tennis, table tennis, gymnastics, athletics and arnis.
Among the triumphant athletes who bagged the gold medals in swimming were Helena Raine Teope, Jamleth Villanueva, Francis Jamie Chia, Isabella Cerina Legaspi, Jether Marie Villanueva, Dy Latinazo, Allaissa Jane Andrade, Erica Clare Caja, Allyza Jacinto, Jerolj Buenaflor, Bernando Florencio, Jimuel Patilan, Duen Batirina, Bernard Kristoff Florencio and Isaac Daylo.Teope and Villanueva were also cited as MVPs (most valuable players) in the elementary and secondary level. Olongapo’s gold medal haul also includes:Taekwondo – Catherine Baldwin, janna Dominique Oliva, Yoly Lundang and Dannalyn Umani.Lawn Tennis – Danna Mae Regala, Jovi Ann Macaraeg, Levi Rosario and Jonas Joseph Silva.Track and Field – Clyd Drefferd Supnet (1500 meter and 5000 meter) and Eros Jan Jaena (400 meter).Gymnastics – Uriza Yuto.Table Tennis – Jhon Roizz Pansacula. Arnis – Regine Sobreo.
Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. and SBMA Director and First Lady Anne Gordon who marched with the Olongapo delegation at the grand opening of the event, commended not only the athletes but their coaches as well for the team’s feat.
“Isang malaking karangalan ang dinala ng mga atleta sa lungsod, sa pagpapakita nila ng kanilang determinasyon na maiuwi ang gintong medalya. Saludo rin ako sa mga magulang, guro, trainor at mga coach na nagturo at nagbigay ng kanilang oras at panahon para mas mapabuti at gumaling pa ang ating mga atleta,” said Mayor Gordon.
“Sa lahat ng mga atleta, lubos kung ikinatutuwa ang tagumpay ninyo sa CLRAA at maging inspirasyon sana kayo – hindi lamang ng mga kabataan kundi ng buong lungsod,” said FL Anne. Eleven cities and seven provinces competed in the week long meet; to wit: Cities: Olongapo, San Fernando, Angeles, Tarlac, Gapan, Muñoz, Cabanatuan, Balanga, San Jose, Malolos and San Jose Del Monte.Provinces: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.