Coming into this year’s NCR Palaro, our team, composed of Harvey Steven Santos (H4E), Tristan Samuel Dee (H4E), Alejandro Lacson (G10F) and Alfonso Tan (G9H) had high hopes of competing better than our last year’s performance. But never did we anticipate that we would take home a total of 12 medals and represent NCR at the Palarong Pambansa to be held in Tagum, Davao del Norte in May.
Our team started slow during the short 30m and 40m events. I was lucky to win the Bronze in the 30m distance via a shoot-off. Our luck changed during the long distance 50m shoot as I won the Silver and Lacson took home Bronze via a shoot-off. In the 60m distance, Lacson took the Silver while I won the Bronze. I was fortunate to land in top 2 overall for the Fita round gaining a Silver medal.
The main event of the competition was the Olympic round. All San Juan archers managed to enter the round of 16. It was an all-San Juan match for the gold medal. I won the Gold and Lacson bagged the Silver.
The team events were held on the last day of the NCR Palaro. We were seeded 3rd and eventually pitted against favorite Team Quezon City for the gold medal match. We were down 3-1 in points but rallied to win 5-3, giving San Juan its first gold medal in Archery.
The top four from this NCR Palaro will qualify to represent NCR in the Palarong Pambansa. I am grateful that I am one of the two San Juan archers who made the top four. I ended up Top 2 overall while Lacson was Top 3 overall.
Gaining that experience from last year’s competition was a big advantage, and our dedication to training and discipline really helped us. We thank Xavier School for their constant support and we hope to encourage and develop more students to try Archery. Onwards to Tagum! Luceat Lux!