SEA Games: PH dancesport team top notch, but official mum on medal forecast


Posted at Oct 27 2019 12:22 AM

Twelve gold medals are on offer in the SEA Games, but a dancesport official refuses to say how many the host side will win. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

To make sure its athletes are best prepared for the Southeast Asian Games beginning next month, the Philippine national dancesport team has hired a Polish coach to oversee its training.

According to Becky Garcia, president of the DanceSport Council of the Philippines, the sport’s national governing body: “ ’Yung mga athletes ko, they just came from Italy, where they attended a dance camp, they are in rigid training. And then I have a coach coming in this week, si Alina Nowak. They are focused on their training now, they are all passionate about the sport, they are dedicated.”

Nowak joins the squad having recently won won the Adult Latin Division of the World Open Championship.

Dancesport swept the two gold medals at stake when the Philippines last hosted the competition in 2005.

Garcia refused to say how many golds her dancers will deliver out of the 12 medals at stake this time.

“It’s not right (to predict). All I can say is we always hope for the best. The last SEA games that we hosted here, we had 2 golds and 2 silvers. We had a very good showing then. Now, our athletes are really doing their best, training hard, magagaling naman talaga tayo,” Garcia said.

Leading the charge for the team will be Sean Micha Aranar and Ana Leonila Nualla in the Standard Discipline, and Michael Angelo Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo for the Latin Discipline.

“Sila talaga ang mga pambato natin, plus ’yung couple from Cebu,” added Garcia, referring to Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Caneda, also in the Latin category.

Others on the team are Mark Jayson Gayon and Mary Joy Renigen (standard discipline.), Yer Lord Ilyum Gabriel (Bboy Breaking) and Alyanna Talam (BGirl Breaking).

The leading pairs will compete in 3 dance events, while the supporting tandem dances in 2 events in competitions that will be held in Clark, Pampanga.

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