Our team, (myself), Samuel Dee of H3E, King Alandy Dy of H3F and Alejandro Lacson of Gr. 9F are proud to be able to represent Archery for the first time in Xavier’s history and also the very first for San Juan in NCR Palaro last January 21-24, 2014. We were virtually unknown and were the least exposed to any high level national competition such as this NCR Palaro, but we are very happy to announce that we have captured the Silver Medal for the Team Event. This gave San Juan 8 points in the overall points tally.
We breezed through the quarterfinals and were bracketed with the number one overall and favorite team, Pasay, in the semis. The match finished in a 197 tie which resulted in a shootout of one arrow each per player. We won the shootout beating them by 3 points earning us the gold medal match. Team Quezon City eventually won the gold medal but our team went out fighting.
Beating Team Pasay was like winning the gold medal. Never did we imagine that we would win any medal coming into this event given that we had no prior training on outdoor shooting. Despite the odds, our team showed a lot of mental and physical character, never giving up. We gained a lot of experiences in this competition. Getting the silver medal was a bonus. We also gained some reputation within the Archery circuit and our competitors now look forward to meeting us again next year.
We thank Xavier School for the support and we hope our success can encourage others to try Archery and develop more Archers in the future! We will be back better next year! Luceat Lux!