FOLLOWING fine performances in their competition debut in their home province in Cebu, siblings Earol and Rhexiel Belonguil made their mark in age-group triathlon with medal finishes in Davao City.
The 11-year-old Earol, topped the 11-12 category of the Alaska Ironkids at Azuela Cove in Davao City, a huge improvement from his seventh place finish in Cebu in August last year.
Earol said he and his sister get inspiration from their mother Clarice and father Harold, an overseas Filipino worker.
“My parents just want us to have fun and I have learned to discipline myself and train hard. Their support is enough motivation for me to succeed,” said Earol, who is hoping to join the national team.
Shy and soft-spoken Rhexiel, 8, placed second behind Eleora Avanzado in the girls’ 6-8 years old category of the competition that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle for kids and serves as a venue for family bonding.
“I’m very thankful to my mom for his support. This medal is for her and daddy,” said Rhexiel, who reached the finish crying and complaining of stomach ache.
“It was painful but I continued because I was determined to finish the race.”
It was also a big leap from her triathlon debut in Cebu where she finished 11th.
“It’s really very important that the parents and the whole family are in full support of their children, in whatever they pursue. Just letting them know that we are here for them is enough to motivate them,” said Clarice.
“My advice to the parents, just let your kids have fun in their chosen sport. They will learn to push their limits without us pushing them hard,” said Harold, who had been a seafarer for 20 years. Two days after the competition, he boarded a cargo ship again.
“Hopefully, they will continue with what they love to do and the discipline that is very important when they grow up.”
Other winners in the event organized by Sunrise Events and sponsored by Alaska Milk were Clifford Pusing and Moira Erediano who topped the boys’ and girls’ 13-14 divisions, respectively.
Pusing beat Adrian Dionisio and Irienold Reig Jr. Erediano nipped Marielle Estreba for the gold.
Asia May Araneta won the girls’ 11-12 years old category, Carron Canas and Chloie Dairo won the boys and girls’ 9-10 division, respectively, while Al Dustin Bersabal ruled the boys’ 6-8 class.