Composed of young and veteran Filipino jins, Teakwondo is all set for their participation at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December.
SEA Games 2011 gold medalists, Kirstie Elaine Alora, Rani Ann Ortega and Carla Janice Lagman will be heading the team who vows to improve their four golds, three silvers and five bronzes performance in the 2011 edition.
Also included in the team are the gold and the silver medalists at the 2nd Asian Youth Games, Pauline Louise Lopez and Francis Aaron Agojo respectively. Lopez will compete at the women’s under 53kg event, while Agojo will be Philippines’ entry to the men’s under 54kg event.
Completing the team who will are Mikaela Calamba (poomsae female team), Gerson Bautista (men’s under 68kg.), Samuel Thomas Morrison (men’s under 74kg.), Christian Al dela Cruz (men’s under 87kg.), Kristopher Robert Uy (men’s over 87kg.), Mary Anjelay Pelaez (women’s under 46kg.), Jade Zafra (women’s under 57kg.), Jane Rafaelle Narra (women’s under 67kg.), and Galilee Tinaya, Marvin Vidal Gabriel and Dustin Mella (men’s poomsae all-male team).
“We are really looking at taekwondo as strong contenders for gold medals. They’ve been doing a great job in international tournament including the 2011 Indonesia SEA Games,” said Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia.
En route to this year’s SEA Games, Philippines has won 12 golds, 14 silvers and 14 bronzes at the 2012 ASEAN Taekwondo Championships in Yangon, Myanmar last May.
“Taekwondo has a strong sports program that’s why it’s one of the sports which really brings honors to our country. It has a good leader in Mr. Sun Chong Hong, a good set of coaches and officials. It’s a good example of an NSA,” said former Senator Nikki Coseteng.