11-year-old student aims for Memory Olympics


Posted at Oct 14 2012 06:55 PM | Updated as of Oct 15 2012 02:55 AM

MANILA, Philippines – St. Scholastica Academy’s Jamyla Domingo Lambunao, 11, is currently in a rigid training schedule for the 2012 World ‘Olympic’ Memory Championships in Lilian Baylis Technology School in London, United Kingdom, which will be held on December 14-16.

Lambunao will compete in 10 disciplines, including her favorite, the five-minute random words category, which she dominated in the 2012 Thailand International Open Memory Championship in Bangkok, Thailand last July 7.

According to the website of the World Memory Statistics, Lambunao memorized 40 words in the category, enough to set a new world record. She also topped the Binary Digits and Speed Card events in the Thailand meet.

Lambunao wound up in second place in the event. She is aiming to become the youngest Grand Master (GM) of Memory, a record currently held by a Chinese player who became a GM at age 13.

“I’m happy that I won and I’m happy for my achievements,” said Lambunao, who is already being touted by local memory athletes as the country’s ‘youngest GM of Memory.’

Elated about the young athlete’s triumph is her father, Engr. Jimmy Lambunao who is hands-on and very supportive of his daughter’s interests.

“As a parent, I am happy for my daughter’s achievement. Memory games are her passion and I support her all the way,” the elder Lambunao said. “I always tell her to practice her memory training and to listen to the advice of coach Robert (Racasa).”

Racasa, who was a member of the PH Memory Team who finished second in the team competition in the 2011 World Championships, said it has been a great experience training Lambunao.

“She has been inspired to do the best she can. I’m confident she can perform well,” said Racasa, a former chess player for the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. -- By Marlon Bernardino