Baguio upstart archers see action in Manila Polo Club

THREE Baguio up and coming archers are set to test their mettle as they take on the challenge against other bowmen from Luzon for the incoming Boysen Archery Invitational tournament set at the Manila Polo Club in March 25 – 26.

Palarong Panlungsod gold medalist Albert Gambican is expected to lead the charge for the Summer Capital where he will be joined by Mitzi Mae Tabayag and Darick Faroden.

“This will be their first tournament especially for Mitzi and Darick and we want to test their skills during a competition,” said coach Franklin Espiritu.

The 10 – year – old Gambican won the gold and silver in the 20 meter event of the Palarong Panlungsod last year while the 12 – year – old Tabayag and eight year old Faroden will be up against a young field in the two day competition.

Faroden and Gambican are both elementary students at the Dominican – Mirador Elementary School while Tabayag is from Saint Louis University – Laboratory Elementary School.

Espiritu hopes the trio can learn from the tournament in a bid to propel grassroots training of archery in the city.

“Maganda din kasi kung sumasali yung mga bata sa mga ganitong tournament kasi maraming natututunan ang mga bata kasi kung dito lang sila sa Baguio hindi sila masyadong naeexpose sa mga tournaments,” added Espiritu.

Meanwhile coach John Hongitan has urged the Department of Education in the city to include archery in the elementary level to strengthen the grassroots program of the sport.

Archery is only played in the secondary level from the regional meet up to Palarong Pambansa.

“This early, gusto sana nating mainclude ang archery sa elementary because gusto pa sana nating mas dumami ang pool natin for future tournaments,” added Hongitan.

Hongitan said the inclusion of the sport in the elementary level will be the first in the country once it will be approved as Baguio City is gunning to became a regional training hub for archery. (Roderick Osis)