My five cent's worth
IT is a no brainer that for sports to flourish in any country, there has to be a grassroots components where kids at an early age get interested into sports and the result is expand the base of potential athletes.
It is also a fact that schools play an important role in developing this interest among kids using Physical Education or P.E. as the medium.
That is why I was surprised to learn that on the average, school kids only get around 20 minutes time for P.E.
This is for young kids and I also know for a fact that there are teachers, not their fault mind you, who are assigned to teach P.E. or to become coaches of school teams when they do not have the necessary background to do a proper job.
I attended recently a press conference at Wolfgang’s, a steak resto at Resorts World, and just the meal itself was worth the time spent there, believe me.
But the topic discussed was also good.
It was the holding of a three day seminar-workshop on Nov. 18-20 at the Celebrity Sports Plaza and the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
It will revolve around its theme, P.E. Plus: Retooling Physical Education for Inclusion, Development, and Competition with speakers and resource people from all over the world coming in to talk.
This is organized by the College of Human Kinetics of U.P. together with the Sports Management Council of the Philippines, headed by a familiar face Dina Bernardo Go whom I met in the past when she was still a dragon boat national team member, and endorsed by the Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science.
The event is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), which is sending 50 national athletes to the event. and Milo, whose marketing program revolves around kids getting involved in sports.
I am referring to the very first International Conference of Sport Pedagogy and if I may say, it is a long overdue event here where sports science lags behind compared to other countries.
Its objectives are to impart knowledge on best practices and techniques in teaching P.E. and its effective administration, promote the culture of life-long fitness, and build a network with other professionals from other countries.
The organizers expect around 800 participants like P.E. teachers, coaches, instructors, trainers, sports managers, student, athletes, and other sports advocates.
Too bad I cannot drop by and listen to some of the speakers as I will be in Baguio on the same dates with my family and cover the Football For A Better Life (FFABL) leg in Baguio at the same time.
Actually, the problem for the attendees will be in choosing what session to attend as parallel ones will be running throughout the event, among the interesting ones I saw in the handout given were “ Enhancing the Efficiency of Talent recognition by Improving School Physical Education , “by Dr. Aleksandr Krasilshchikov, “ Physical Education and Sport Coaching by Dr. Jens Omli from California, The Use of Technology in Physical Fitness Testing of School Age Children by Slovakian Dr. Erika Zemkova, among the foreign lecturers.
Local experts also get a chance to share their own expertise and among the presentors are Dina, who will dwell on sports management among others, Dr. Ma. Luisa Guinto-Advento on supporting adherence for good exercise behavior, Joy Reyes on performance analysis in sports, these last two speakers I have listened to in the past, and they are good.
Present at the media launching were Dina, Ronnie Dizer, Dean of UP-CHK, Atty. Abarquez from the PSC, Robbie de Vera from Milo, and Wolfgang’s Magdaluyo who turned out to be a triathlete and who took the opportunity to announce that he and some friends are organizing the Powerman Duathlo here in the Philippines for the first time.
The first one at the MOA on Nov. 20 with a 5K run-30K bike -5K run and on December 4 at Clark in Pampanga, doubling the distance, the same date that Milo Marathon holds its finals, again, events that I would miss because of previous engagements made long before.
Kiko Diaz from softball and also with UP was also present and he updated me about the Blu Girls’ recent free training in Korea where straight from that trip, the wole team went to the last night’s wake of baseball and softball great Boy Codiñera at 2 a.m..
According to Kiko, Thailand just backed out of hosting the Asian Championship due to the death of its beloved king and right now, bidding is open until the end of the year.
The top three here will qualify for the qualifying tournament for the world softball championship and the Blu Girls are again hoping to take one slot.
Of course with the presence of Japan and China, only one slot will be up for grabs, and we need to beat Chinese-Taipei for that to happen. Last time we played them, we only lost by one run, 4-5, added Kiko.
By the way, I was surprised that Peping is welcoming the Senate inquiry on the POC re unliquidated funds that according to PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez should not have even been provided by the PSC to POC because of reasons for said expenses.
I was surprised because I was expecting Peping to cry Wolf again on government intervention.
Off hand, I do not believe that just because the POC can produce vouchers for all the expenses it incurred using PSC-provided funds, it will be enough to exonerate them from unauthorized use of public funds.
But then, during the time Ritchie Garcia was at the helm of PSC, he and Peping were in agreement almost on anything including funding requests.
If it can be shown though that the funds were used directly for athletes, then there should not be any problem.
I cannot but look forward to the continuing PSC-POC saga starring Peping and Mon.