ANDREA ROBLES had to skip her high school graduation, but it was well worth the sacrifice.
The 17-year-old archer was torn between attending the commencement exercise at St. Paul College-Pasig and competing for the Philippines in the Asia Cup in Bangkok.
She grabbed the golden opportunity, helping the Philippine women’s team compound team of mainstays Amaya Paz-Cojuangco and Jennifer Chan claim the top place in the Olympic round. The trio nipped India, 224-223, in the final.
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“Our team manager came to me asking if I want to compete in the team event because I qualified as a third member,” Robles recalled to Spin.ph. “I discussed it with my dad and coach Earl and we decided to join.”
“It turned out to be a good decision,” said Robles, who will take up management at Ateneo.
Robles thus stamped her mark in as one of the up-and-coming archers in the country after starting the sport late. She is only in her second year as an archery competitor after playing badminton, the sport of her stepmother and former star shuttler Kennie Asuncion.
“I just wanted to try it out at first and I got into it. Tuluy-tuloy na ’yung training ko,” said Robles, who is now hoping to compete in the Singapore Southeast Asian Games in June.