THE Philippine Obstacle team is leaving nothing to chance as the sport makes its debut in the Southeast Asian Games.
At least eight members of the squad’s 20-man pool will undergo training in Colorado as part of its preparation for the Nov. 30 to Dec. 10 multi-sports event which the country is hosting after 14 years.
Atty. Al Agra, president of Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF), said the U.S. training will definitely go a long way in its bid to make an impression in its first ever SEA Games stint.
Even more, the training pool will use the newly-constructed Pretty Huge Obstacle (PHO) Course racing facility, touted as the largest indoor obstacle course in the entire Asia, as its training camp leading to the meet.
Those bound for Colorado are Jeffrey Regino, Monolito Divina, Nathaniel Sanchez, Vernier Miranda, Sarah Jane Lim, Chrystalle Omaga, Kaizen Dela Serna, and Juvelle Pua.
“They will train with the top OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) racers in the world for two weeks,” said Agra during the unveiling of the PHO on Friday at the Civic Center in Bonifacio Global City.
The affair was also graced by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas, Ian Adamson, president of the World Obstacle Course Racing, the world governing body for the sport, and Noel Agra, president of the Ninja Obstacle Course Racing.
Atty. Agra has set a modest goal for the Filipino obstacle course racers.
“We will strive for six gold medals. I think that’s the commitment,” he said. “We have the facility, the whole cycle, and the whole aspects.”
Apart from the Colorado trip, other members of the pool already had their training in Singapore recently.
Completing the rest of the training pool are Alex Gabriel Rosario, Mervin Santiago, Racky Madorable, Kyle Redentor Antolin, Glorien Merisco, Anne Kathleen Santos, Rochelle Suarez, Klymille Rodriguez, Jose Mari de Castro Jr., Mark Julius Rodelas, Ali Zandra Chongbian, and Milky Mae Tejares.
Some of the pool members later had a walkthrough on some of the obstacle course featured at the PHO.
Obstacle Course will be held at Clark in Subic, where Agra said foreign participants are welcomed to try it for two weeks leading to the SEA Games.