TACLOBAN CITY- Leyte provincial administrator Vincent Emnas is pinning high hopes that student-athletes from the Leyte Sports Academy (LSA) would figure prominently in this year’s Palarong Pambansa.
This after the LSA-honed athletes made strong showing during the recently-held Batang Pinoy 2014 staged in Bacolod City.
Among the LSA-trained athletes that reaped honors was Karen Janario, 14, who won several gold medals in athletics.
Janario is among the 40 athletes from the sports academy who would be compete for the Palarong Pambansa to be held in Laguna this summer.
And as parts of the preparation, the athletes would undergo rigorous trainings to ensure that they would win medals during the national games, Emnas said.
He said that student-athletes who would compete in swimming would train in Manila considering that the swimming pool at the LSA was damaged just like the other facilities during supertyphoon Yolanda.
They are to leave first week of March for the extensive training.
Emnas said that they are proud with the LSA-trained athletes considering the fact that despite of what they have experienced due to the supertyphoon, they still able to deliver during the Batang Pinoy competitions, citing particularly Janario who was named as one of the most valuable players during the competition.
The administrator said that the performances of the LSA-trained athletes only proves that they are getting the proper training, enough for them to compete not only in the regional level but even in the national or international levels.
The provincial government brought the students to Manila days after the supertyphoon hit Tacloban not only to debrief them but for further trainings.
By: LIZBETH ANN ABELLA