Nine of the thirty team members of the Marco Polo-Values Team coached by Alan de Francia won gold medals during the 2006 Regional Taekwondo Championships held at the Entertainment Center of the SM City Davao yesterday.
The gold medalists are James Paolo Ancheta and Mikee Selga (both 6 years old) from Values School; Jana Bihr, Karl and Cassandta Villaruz, Prince Sta. Maria, Cyndi Amahan, Nigel Deriza and Carol Estacio from Marco Polo.
Both Ancheta and Selga are first timers in the said tournament and only had at least three months training compared to their opponents who have been into Taekwondo for more than a year already.
Selga bested her opponent who is already an advance bluebelt from Butuan and had four years training.
The Team also won 7 silver medals and four bronze medals. The silver medalists are Angelito Blataria, Kristine Miranda, Esman Abdul and Nicole Manawan from Values School and Angeli Longted, Monica Jordan and Merell Herrera from Marco Polo.
Former gold medalist Patrick Baker won a Bronze this time. Baker, 8 years old and with only one year training, was earlier bested by a 9-year old opponent who had four years training in Taekwondo.
The other bronze medalists are Eman Dignadice, Prince Muñez and Diane Nepomuceno.(lovely a. carillo)