Athletes display true grit at DAVRAA 2013

Subscribe Now February 28, 2013 at 02:46pm

More than winning the games, the delegates to this year’s Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet have come to demonstrate their strength of character and spirit. Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the indomitable fortitude of the athletes comes into play as the best in the region compete in 18 sporting events during the week-long competitions.

According to him, such mettle, combined with youthful energy, can help the ravaged region rise up from the ruins of typhoon Pablo and the succeeding typhoons.

The governor hailed the strong-mindedness of the young athletes, who had to leave some pain and nightmares behind in order to take part of the games.

He noted their courage has inspired the denizens of the Davao region to bounce back.

“Storms may have shattered our lives, but never our will to rise,” declared the governor, as he led the opening ceremonies at the new Davao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center (DNSCC) on February 25, 2013.

Over 7,000 participants, officials and spectators attended the grand kick off rites, which was graced by Senator Pia Cayetano, and top officials of the region.

The triathlete senator carried the torch around the oval before passing it on to champion athletes for the torch relay before the lighting of the cauldron.

The governor named the lady senator as the “Sports Darling of the Province,” after she graced the unveiling of the prospective plan of the sports center years back.

In his keynote speech, Congressman Anthony del Rosario also urged everyone to get inspiration from the victims of Pablo, who struggled to reclaim their lives instead of sulking in misery.

“Take it from them who have lost so much yet displayed such remarkable resiliency,” he said.

Del Rosario, who is a moving example of indomitable spirit himself after he overcame cancer, disclosed his bill establishing the Davao Sports Academy is now pending in the Senate.

He said the sports academy, which will be located at the DNSCC, will nurture the young athletes “into becoming world-class athletes.”


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