Members of the Philippine Para Dance Sport Team are brimming with confidence as they prepare for the prestigious Para Dance Sport World Championships slated for Ulsan, South Korea, November 26-28.
“We still have a month to prepare and we will do our best in training,” head coach Genice Bong Marquez told the Philippine Sportswriters Association online forum on Tuesday.
The global meeting will bring together participants from 40 countries, including favorites Russia, Ukraine and the United States.
Marquez said the event is sure to bring out the best in the Filipino participants who have just completed a memorable stint at the Polish Open which served as the final qualifier for the world meet.
The Philippines won seven gold, four silver and eight bronze from Lomianki, Poland. A total of 16 countries participated in the event.
Evelyn de Asis won four gold medals (women’s single freestyle 2, conventional single 2, duet freestyle 2 with her partner Julius Obrero and junior competition). The other gold medalists were Obrero (Class 2 Latin wetsuit and Class 2 freestyle wetsuit with partner Rhea Marquez) and the pair of Jhona Pena and Joey Maglasang (Class 2 standard duo).
The silver medalists were De Asis and Shaquile Hanze Basan, Christian Apolinario, Jhistine Glyde Baguio, Filemon Baguio II, Obero and Pena. The bronze medalists were Anne Charlaine Santos with four, Jed Villaruel, Christian Apolinario and Joey Maglasang.
Marquez told the weekly forum featured San Miguel Corporation (SMC), MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Daily Tribune and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) that all medal winners in Poland will participate in the global event.
Obero and Rhea Marquez also graced the forum, saying they work very hard in bubble training at Novaliches to ensure the Philippines are well represented in Ulsan.
“We train from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. with solo workouts in between and have found it to be very effectivee,” Marquez said.
“Bubble training was difficult at first but we adapted well to it,adds Obero, prosthetist at UERM.