The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) is fighting for the inclusion of two gymnasts in the Philippine line-up for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea this August to September.
GAP President Cynthia Carrion has submitted the names of Fil-Am Jean Nathan Monteclaro and a the new Fil-Canadian recruit to the POC-PSC Asian Games Task Force, and is pushing for the inclusion of these two promising athletes.
“We requested them to submit a detailed plan and program on their request to include two athletes. Base kasi sa criteria set-up by the Task Force, walang papasa sa kanilang atleta unless they qualify in joining World or Asian level tournaments,” said Asian Games Task Force member Dr. Jay Adalem.
Carrion explained that their new recruit has been training extensively in Canada, while the third-year University of California student Monteclaro has continued to join tournaments as part of his preparations.
She added that, Monteclaro, the 22 year-old Integrative Biology, Human Biology and Health Track Major and Minor in German language, has most of the time won his floor and pole vault events in various tournaments that he joined, which they believe has a great chance of making it to the top 5 in Asian level based on the computation of GAP’s Japanese coach.
Carrion has also submitted the personal best records of the two athletes so as to convince the task force.
Monteclaro, a veteran Division I NCAA Men’s Gymnastics team member, first joined the Bacolod Philippine National Games in 2011 where he won 7 gold medals – the most bemedalled athlete in the tournament.
He again joined the Manila Philippine National Games in 2013 where he successfully defended his gold medals in the men’s all around in men’s artistic gymnastics events – floor exercise, vault, parallel bars, pommel horse, high bars and rings.
Monteclaro’s parents are from Iloilo and Batangas.