Palarong Pambamsa: Lone Region X thrower has immense experience to lean on

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 06, 2018 07:42 AM
Lone Region X thrower has immense experience to lean on
What Sylvian Abunda lacks in companions to the Palarong Pambansa 2018 throwing event, she more than makes up with her untold experience. (Photo from Department of Education Office of the Secretary)

Sylvian Faith Calixtro Abunda is the only player in the athletics throwing event to represent the Northern Mindanao Region in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa .

But what Sylvian Abunda lacks in companions to the throwing event in the country’s premier sports competition for student-athletes, she more than makes up with her untold experience.

The 11th grader at Lantapan Stand-Alone Senior High School in Poblacion, Lantapan, Bukidnon, will not only carry the three gold medals she nailed during the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association (NMRAA) Meet held in Oroquieta City in December 2017.

She will also bring with her the wealth of experience she gained from years of training and striving for excellence as a player in the field of athletic sports. 


ACCIDENTAL ATHLETE

Sylvian’s journey as an athlete started when she was a sixth grader at Alanib Elementary School (now Alanib Central Elementary School West District), back in 2013. 

Her first shot at the sport proved to be a monumental success when she brought home a bronze medal in the 4x100-meter relay and a silver medal in javelin throw during the 2013 Palarong Pambansa held in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

The feat wasn't merely beginner’s luck, as she proved the following year, when she bagged the overall championship in the throwing events of the NMRAA Meet.  

Again, she represented Region X in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa held in Laguna and placed seventh in javelin throw. She was a seventh-grader then at Lantapan National High School.

 

POWERING THROUGH ADVERSITY

It could have been a winning streak but life is indeed full of challenges. She suffered dengue fever, which barred her from joining the regional meet in the same year. 

Despite her illness, Sylvian was determined to compete but it was her coach, Samuel Banda, who decided that she needed to rest and recover. 

Her absence was a great loss to the Northern Mindanao Region’s stint at the 2015 Palarong Pambansa held in Tagum City, Davao Province.

 

BOUNCING BACK HIGHER

She came back the following year raring to go, and she did not disapoint, as she garnered a gold medal for shot put during the Regional Meet, which earned her a slot in the 2016 Palarong Pambansa held in Albay.

There, she once again seized a silver medal. 

The champion thrower outdid herself in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa held in Antique when she secured the record of 42.85 meters in javelin throw, clasping a precious gold for the Region.

 

A WAY OF LIFE

Sports has been a way of life for Sylvian. 

In addition to her vigor and stamina, her persistence, perseverance, patience, and dedication enabled her to reach her goals.

“Never surrender,” Sylvian would always utter during vigorous trainings.

In addition to her Palaro accolades, she was also granted with recognition as the Most Outstanding Athlete in the Municipality of Lantapan, which also recognized her achievement abroad.  

The Regional Office of DepEd Northern Mindanao also gave her distinction during their World Teachers’ Day celebration in 2017.

Despite these accomplishments, Sylvian remained humble through and through. She would never brag about her laurels, nor tell stories about how she defeated her opponents.

“She is an athlete that has characteristics of a champion,” her coach described her.

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