The competition held in Singapore was really diverse. There were people from around the Asian continent, each one talented in his own way. At first glance, it would seem impossible to win anything at all, looking at the competitors, especially for me, since I was one of the youngest competitors in my event. I was a 14 year-old competing with 15,16 and 17 year-olds with much more experience than I had. Little did I know that I was lucky enough to be in a pool with people very close to my age. Surprisingly, I performed well in my pool by winning everything. My other teammate however, wasn’t so lucky. He should have gotten as far as I did in the tournament but his equipment let him down, and the people he competed against were as good as he was.
After the pooling, both of us got into the direct eliminations. He placed 7th out of 20 while I placed 1st out of 20. He still had his chance to catch up with me since we said that we should compete in the finals. He failed to uphold his end of the promise though when his equipment let him down again. I went through my first bout and was the last Xaverian and second Filipino still competing. The next round though was the most pressure-filled bout I’ve had in my life. My opponent and I were practically on the same level, but with luck, I was able to come out the winner by only one point, giving me a sure medal spot. The other Filipino got eliminated though leaving me alone competing. Sadly, my chances got blown in the next bout because I lost. My final position though was 3 out of 4 and I think it was a good try because it was my first time competing overseas and I haven’t been part of the team and trained as long as the others.