2,715 athletes complete Zambo summer program PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 13:14

The City Government’s summer sports program culminated yesterday, May 31, with 2,715 young athletes completing the training activity spearheaded annually by the City Sports office.

A closing program, held at the City Coliseum, capped the month-long activity, and featured the presentation of certificates of recognition to the 2,715 athletes, and the 246 trainers of the 26 sport disciplines featured in this year’s program.

Performances and exhibitions were also held with select participants demonstrating moves and routines of their respective sports.

Mayor Beng Climaco joined the athletes, trainers, and parents in the simple closing ceremonies, and in her message, lauded the growth of the young athletes, and their commitment to their sport disciplines.

She also extolled the program for instilling in the youth the values of sportsmanship and discipline, values which she said are essential in developing well-balanced and productive lives.

Joining Mayor Climaco were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilor Roel Natividad, and incoming Councilor Elbert Atilano, all of whom encouraged the participants to continue their passion and training in order to be the next world-class Zamboangueño athlete.

The Basic Sports Summer Camp Summer Learn to Play a Sport program is an initiative of the local government, through the City Sports Office, held every summer with the intention of training and building up the City’s pool of young athletes in various sports disciplines. It also serves as a venue for trainers to scout and train potential athletes for national and global sport events.

For 2016, the program featured 26 sport disciplines: archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, body building, bowling, boxing, chess, dance sports, football, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, muay thai, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwando, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.

Among the notable graduates of the Summer Learn to Play a Sport program are weightlifters Nestor Colona, and Hidilyn Diaz, who will be one of the delegates of the Philippines to the upcoming Rio Olympics. — Jasmine Mohammadsali