Lingayen – Hundreds of athletes from various private universities and colleges in the region gathered together at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC), here, for the 2015 Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Region 1 Collegiate Games hosted by the local government unit (LGU) of Pangasinan from November 26-28.
Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr, who served as keynote speaker during the sports spectacle’s opening program yesterday, November 26, asked the collegiate student-athletes “to practice humility in winning and in accepting defeat” as he reiterated the importance of discipline and fair play in sports.
“Your performance as athletes is not only measured by physical strength, but with how you develop strength emotionally, morally and spiritually,” Gov. Espino stressed.
Athletes from PRISAA chapters in Metro Dagupan, Metro San Carlos, Pangasinan I, Pangasinan II, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte are billeted at the NRSCC dormitories.
The NRSCC was built in time for the province’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa 1995 where Governor Espino, then Provincial Police Office Chief, led a Task Force to oversee the conduct of the national sporting activity.
Since 2007, major rehabilitation works have been initiated by the Espino administration to upgrade NRSCC which is now acknowledged as “a world-class sports facility and a favorite venue for regional and national sporting events and activities.”
Meanwhile, PRISAA Regional President Guillermo dela Cruz, Jr. thanked the present provincial administration for its support to PRISAA athletes who will vie dominance in sporting events and later on represent the region in the national PRISAA.
It can be recalled that about 37 varsity-players and trainer-coaches from various private tertiary schools in Pangasinan, who amassed medals that contributed much for the over-all performance of Region 1 in the PRISAA national games held on April 11-17 in IloIlo City, paid a courtesy call on Governor Espino last May.
Region 1 hauled 3 gold, 6 silver and 26 bronze medals in the PRISAA national games and romped off with the 11th spot in the over-all ranking out of 16 participating regions.
Three gold medals were courtesy of Pangasinense athletes who ruled in karatedo, boxing and athletics, respectively. Silver and Bronze placements, on the other hand, were garnered in sepak takraw, athletics, table tennis, karatedo, taekwondo and boxing.
/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca