By Freddie C. Velez
Malolos City, Bulacan — The region’s best, most promising and driven athletes plunged to action last Sunday when the 2017 Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) formally kicked off at the Bulacan Sports Complex here.
Carrying the theme “Achieving Stronger Union thru Friendly Sports Competition,” the provincial government of Bulacan and the Department of Education, Schools Division Office (SDO) of Bulacan hosted the 2017 CLRAA to promote sportsmanship, good values and camaraderie among the delegates.
Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon, who graced the event as the keynote speaker thanked the provincial governors, vice governors, mayors, vice mayors and congressmen who likewise graced the opening rites.
“You make the country proud. It’s not about us. It’s about what we do to uplift our country. Today is one of the many days when we define who we are. Hindi lang tayo dapat maging mag-aaral, hindi lang tayo maging atletang maghahakot ng medalya. We come from Central Luzon, cradle of noble heroes, that is what our formers define for us, and we need to create a culture of aiming high just like them,” Gordon, former Olongapo City mayor said.
The senator also said that a man who has seen a long past is capable of seeing a far future.
“Ang atleta walang takot dapat ‘yan, wala sa taas, sa kulay, nasa galing ‘yan, nasa dignity at determination na manalo at kapag natalo, hindi magsasalita ng kung ano kundi bukas ako naman. You have one or several moments of victory or defeat pero ang mahalaga, sinubukan mo,” Gordon said.
The five-day sports meet proper started yesterday in different playing venues where athletes participated in track and field, arnis, archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, futsal, billiards, BOCCE and goal ball.
Meanwhile, Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that future champions are being molded through this friendly sports competitions and the province will support and help shape the future of these athletes.