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by Iste S. Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
FOUR young Cebuano triathletes are being eyed to become the newest members of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) Cebu developmental team after an impressive performance during Trap's national grassroots program camp at the Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.
The camp ended with a competition and the current members - Nina Francesca Villaba, Justin and Yuan Chiongbian topped their divisions. They may soon be joined by Jezreel and John Tan, Issa Priagula and Ana Patricia Maximo.
"For now, they are considered as 'potential members' and they are being recommended to represent Cebu for the Batang Pinoy this December along with Villaba and the Chiongbian brothers. This will serve as a springboard for them to become possible members," Trap executive director Oscar Rodriguez said.
The recommendation for the additional members of the Cebu team for Batang Pinoy Finals this coming Dec. 7-8 in Iloilo City is based on Trap coach Melvin Fausto's assessment of the training camp and competition.
Rodriguez added that the young athletes surprised several Trap officials with the level of skills they showed during the SuperTriKids Triathlon and Aquathlon race conducted yesterday.
"They competed like seasoned young athletes. They swam and ran like those I have watched in Subic (races)," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez also said that Fausto was impressed with the kind of connection triathlete Franz Baguio has with the kids during the training and has appointed him to be the Cebu trainer for the developmental team.
"Fausto will ask Baguio to supervise the trainings of the developmental members from now on and he will give Fausto a monthly report on their progress," Rodriguez said.
Yesterday, Rodriguez said that they conducted a triathlon event for kids under eight years old and an aquathlon race for the boys and girls divisions. ISL