Davao PWDs harvest 17 golds in national event

Subscribe Now April 04, 2013 at 09:56am

DAVAO City's persons with disability (PWD) athletes harvested a total of 17 gold medals, seven silvers and three bronzes in the National PWDs championships held recently at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Swimmer Ernie Gawilan struck for five gold medals to lead the haul while teammates Cres Alfante and Smith Cartera added two golds each.

Alfante clinched golds in goal ball and javelin throw on top of a silver finish in shot put and bronze output in discus throw while Cartera bagged the table tennis on-wheels singles and doubles golds.

Jonathan Español copped a goal ball gold and a javelin throw silver even as Jose Bernardo Sabordo also won a goal ball gold along with Frances Mark Bangay, Levie Operiano and Ian Christopher Nakila. The latter also salvaged the 400-meter and javelin throw silvers.

The other medalists were Kadir Antalani (javelin throw gold), Bolil Tato (discus throw silver), Antonio Español (wheelchair 400m gold, 100m silver, 200m bronze), Reynaldo Español (javelin throw bronze) and Jobert Lumanta (table tennis standing single gold, doubles silver).

Chonna Cuer, Joel Tapere, Joey Ganaban, Fulgencia Autida and PWDs Federation of Davao City president Teogenes "Bong" Comiling formed part of the delegation and coaching staff.

The medalists, who were blind and orthopedically handicapped, were recognized during Monday's flag-raising ceremony in front of City Hall.

Comiling, in a letter sent to Mayor Inday Sara Duterte and furnished to Sun.Star Davao, is seeking for cash incentives from the city government in recognition of their recent achievements.

Pochollo Elegino, officer-in-charge of the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office, said the project design for the cash incentives are still being processed for approval.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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