Provincial Meet 2016 held

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DAVAO ORIENTAL – Placing student athletes as significant instruments in pushing for excellence in sports, the 2016 Provincial Meet was recently held.

This year’s Provincial Meet, which was hosted by the Municipality of Lupon on September 28-30, saw the participation of hundreds of students from elementary and secondary schools across the ten municipalities of the province.

Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy, who represented Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang during the Provincial Meet’s opening ceremony, congratulated the student athletes who joined the annual sports event, saying that by having been given the opportunity of representing their schools and their towns, they are already considered winners.

Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy

Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy

He lauded the Municipal Government of Lupon under the leadership of Mayor Erlinda Lim for accepting this year’s hosting and for joining the Provincial Government in its thrust in promoting sports. He likewise congratulated the Department of Education Provincial Office headed by Schools Division Superintendent Feliciano Tamondong, Jr. in upholding the department’s thrust in encouraging sports among the young.  “You have invested your time, money and effort to enhance your competence in order to promote excellence in sports,” he said.


Vice Governor Uy shared to the participants his insights on the pursuit excellence through sports. “In pursuit of excellence, it is about you and your philosophy, your goal, your commitment, your desire to excel and your passion. excellence in performance and in life begins with a vision of where you want to go and a commitment to do what it takes to get there,” he said.

“There are critical elements of excellence and these are: commitment, focused connection, “confidence, positive images, mental readiness, distraction control and on-going learning.”


“Your commitment is the first essential ingredient guiding the pursuit of excellence. With commitment, you can do almost anything. Without it, high-level goals are virtually impossible to attain. The key to consistent high-quality performance is to consistently focus in ways that free you to perform to your capacity. The quality of your focus affects every learning and performance situation you encounter,” he said.

“It is a moral obligation of each individual, every family and every government and private entities to promote sports and fitness. It is clearly evident that physical education and sports are not confined to physical well-being and health, but also contribute to the full and well-balanced development of the human being,” he added.

With the theme “Sports is not just a game but a way of life”, this year’s Provincial Meet hopes to inculcate into the young people’s minds the values that can be learned through sports such as discipline, perseverance, and camaraderie, among many others. PIO, Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan



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