Monday, January 2, 2012
THE year 2011 will go down in history as the year Baguio made its mark in the international football scene after topping the Asian leg of the Special Olympics in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia last September.
And this time around, the Stallions will not just rest on their laurels as they return to the pitch anew in preparation for the National Special Olympics to be slated this coming March.
“Right now, magre-resume pa lang kami sa training and we have three new players na hopefully pwedeng isabak sa March,” said coach Maribeth Jaravata of the Baguio Special kids football squad.
And it will be a long training camp for the football squad who took time out during the Christmas holidays.
The Baguio Stallion FC is composed of team captain and striker Rommel Bautista, Mark Louie Moran, Raymund Galiste, Roy Abraham Atienza, Jerry Sanchez Jr., Rustom Mulle, Kirk Napeek, and Ted Joshua Sabino.
Stallion FC first defeated Malaysia B in the opening game, 3-0, then scored a major victory against Indonesia, 5-1, then emerged victorious with 3-0 wins against Singapore to bring home the gold in the Malaysian tournament.
And with the three additional players in tow, the squad is optimistic to once again represent the country after the National Games tentatively set in Cagayan De Oro.
“Although nabagyo po sila, di kami sure kung dun pa rin ang venue,” added Jaravata.
The Southeast Asian Games for Special Olympics will be set in November, also this year.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 03, 2012.