7-year-old Pinay ice skater bags 3 golds, beats older competition in Japan
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 27, 2017 01:28 PM
Ayasofya showing her hard-earned awards at the podium. (Photo courtesy of Arnold Aguirre)
We've all heard of the old addage "Age doesn't matter".
For 7-year-old Filipina ice skater Ayasofya Vittoria Aguirre, the saying could not be any truer after she raked in three golds and a silver medal in the 29th annual Skate Japan 2017 against opponents nearly twice her age.
Ayasofya, a Philippine National Grassroots Athlete in figure ice skating, glided in circles around her 13-year-old Indonesian competitor in the footwork elements to bag her first gold medal at the famous Saitama ice Arena in Ageo City, Japan last June 24-25.
She earned her second and third gold medals after defeating two figure skaters from Hong Kong in the technical and artistic elements respectively.
3 golds, 1 silver and mini plaque for best overall performance in “Artistic Elements” together with award certification.
Ayasofya's scientific approach to training has helped the figure skating prodigy improve at a pace that's beyond her years, says his father Arnold.
"Incorporating programs like muscle conditioning and strengthening with endurance and stamina were the keys to success for this 7-year old emerging figure ice skater, defeating older opponents coming from Indonesia and Hong Kong," the older Aguirre said.
Other Pinay figure ice skaters from the event are Hossana Immanuela Valdez, Shaelynn Adrianne and Mishka Bolos who also brought home gold medals in their respective elements.
Ayasofya is just one of the athletes backed by the newly-created Philippine Sports Institute that aims to develop emerging athletes from all over the Philippines.
The program has provided her a holistic approach in developing her talents at an early age.
"Being part of this program our future athlete will be guided properly by providing proper core exercises/conditioning program at early age," her father said, "including sports psychology consultation, [a] sports nutritionist and physical therapy treatment.