San Carlos City Athletes Shine at WVRAA Meet, Advance to Palarong Pambansa

Student athletes from San Carlos City in Negros Occidental won 21 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze medals at the WVRAA Meet 2024, earning them spots at the Palarong Pambansa 2024. The provincial government awarded the medalists with cash incentives totaling ₱1.5 million.

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San Carlos City Athletes Shine at WVRAA Meet, Advance to Palarong Pambansa

San Carlos City Athletes Shine at WVRAA Meet, Advance to Palarong Pambansa

Student athletes, route from San Carlos City in Negros Occidental have achieved remarkable success at the recently concluded Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet 2024. The talented competitors secured an impressive haul of 21 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals across various events. This outstanding performance has earned them coveted spots at the upcoming Palarong Pambansa 2024, set to take place in Cebu City from July 6 to 17.

In recognition of their achievements, the provincial government of Negros Occidental has awarded the medalists with cash incentives totaling ₱1.5 million. Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson personally presented the incentives to the deserving athletes, with gold medalists receiving ₱1,500 each, silver medalists ₱1,000 each, and bronze medalists ₱700 each.

Governor Lacson expressed his pride in the athletes' accomplishments and called on them to contribute to the region's medal tally at the Palarong Pambansa. "I urge our athletes to bring home medals and make Negros Occidental proud at the national games," he said. Despite the stiff competition expected from powerhouse teams like the National Capital Region, the governor remains optimistic about the province's chances, citing their impressive second-place finish behind Iloilo at the WVRAA Meet.

As Cebu City gears up to host the Palarong Pambansa 2024, Acting Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia has pledged his full support and close involvement in the preparations. With Mayor Mike Rama currently serving a six-month suspension, Garcia has stepped up to ensure the successful execution of the prestigious event. He plans to meet with the Cebu City Sports Commission chairman John Pages and members of the Palaro organizing committee to discuss their readiness and make any necessary adjustments.

Pages, who successfully steered the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CViRAA) Meet earlier this year, has assured that lessons learned from that event will be applied to enhance the experience. Notably, 90 percent of the CViRAA's sports events were held in Cebu City, and all available sports venues in the city are expected to be ready for use a month before the Palaro commences.

The San Carlos City athletes' remarkable achievements at the WVRAA Meet 2024 have set the stage for an exciting Palarong Pambansa. With their talent, dedication, and the unwavering support of their local government and the host city of Cebu, these young competitors are poised to make a lasting impact on the national stage. As Acting Mayor Garcia emphasized, "Remember that the Palaro will happen on my watch. Whatever happens, I will be accountable for it." The stage is set for an unforgettable display of athletic prowess and sportsmanship.

Key Takeaways

  • San Carlos City athletes win 21 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze medals at WVRAA Meet 2024.
  • Medalists receive cash incentives totaling ₱1.5 million from Negros Occidental provincial government.
  • Athletes qualify for Palarong Pambansa 2024 in Cebu City, set to take place from July 6-17.
  • Acting Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia pledges full support for Palarong Pambansa 2024 preparations.
  • Cebu City sports venues expected to be ready for use a month before the Palaro commences.