PH Olympic team arrives in London

by Jomel Anthony Gutierrez, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Jun 30 2012 10:39 AM | Updated as of Jul 01 2012 04:50 PM

(L-R) Swimmer Jessie Khing Lacuna, shooting Coach Josefina Mauricio-Corral, swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi, shooter Paul Bryan Rosario, and Arsenic Lacson pose with Filipinos who welcomed them during their arrival in London
LONDON – The first batch of the official Philippine delegates to the 2012 Olympics arrived in London on Friday morning aboard Cathay Pacific flight ETA CX255.

The first group consists of swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna with their coach Carlos Brosas; shooter Brian Rosario with his coach Josefina Mauricio-Corral; and Philippine Olympic Team Administrative Officer Arsenic Lacson.

Philippine embassy officials and Filipino community leaders welcomed the group at the Terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport. l 3.

The group arrived earlier because of their scheduled pre-Games training camps all over the United Kingdom.

The first wave of Pinoy Olympians with their coaches arrived at Terminal 3 of the Heathrow Airport on Friday morning

Lacson disclosed the various locations where the Filipino athletes will spend their pre-Games training camps.

“Starting tomorrow until July 19 is the duration of the training. Our boxer will go to Cardiff, Wales. The swimmer will practice at Surrey Sports Park, the athletics will go to Guildford Spectrum and the shooting practice will be held either at Bisley or Churchill shooting ground," he said.
Alkhaldi, one of the two athletes competing for the swimming event, admitted having mixed emotions.
“I am very excited at the same time nervous. But this is part of the game so it’s ok,” she said. “I will also try to fight homesickness since we are staying here for more than a month,” she added. she added.

London's Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission, Reynaldo Catapang, together with other embassy officials, welcomed the first group of Filipino Athletes who arrived in London on Friday morning
Meanwhile, the country’s shooting competition representative is confident, and prepared to face the challenges of the Olympic Games.

“We are very ready and prepared. We will try our very best to bring home an Olympic gold medal,” he said.
Lacuna, the other Olympic swimmer, is grateful for the support they have been getting from the Filipino people.
“To everyone who is supporting us in the Philippines, thank you so much and then keep on praying for a good performance from us,” he said.

The Filipino Olympians will only have one rest day. They will then proceed to their respective pre-Games training camps with their coaches.

The Philippines' Olympic Games representatives and their coaches were warmly welcomed by the Filipino community in London
On Sunday, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, considered the star performer by the UK Daily Telegraph, will leave Manila to join the first group of Pinoy Olympians in London.

The strongest contender for an Olympic gold medal, Light Flyweight boxer Mark Anthony Barriga, will arrive on July 4, together with long jumper Marestella Torres and Steeplechaser Rene Herrera.

The two archers who were just recently given a go to the Olympic Games, Rachel Anne Cabral and Mark Javier will arrive with Judo representative Tomohiko Hoshina on the 19th of July, followed by BMX rider, Daniel Caluag on the 22nd.