Candon City pride James Galima made his presence felt when he won three gold medals in the Batang Pinoy National finals.
Galima, 15, senior student of Candon National High School (CNHS), of Bagani Tucgo, this City bagged the gold medals in the 5,000 metersmeters, 1,500 and 800 meters in impressive clocking of 16:50.55 minutes, 4:26 minutes and 2:03 minutes respectively at the Panaad Sports Complex track oval, Bacolod City.
“You may not always get what you wish for, but you will get exactly what you train for,” Galima told the Candon Times.
The skinny 5’4” standout and only child admitted that he did not expect to win the three events but just give it all.
“Basta ibinigay ko na lang kaya ko,” he said.
His feat is better than the Luzon leg regional meet in Naga City. He took the gold medal in the 5,000 meters, silver medal in the 800 meters and salvaged the bronze medal in the 1, 500 meters.
Galima did it with borrowed spike shoes.
Fellow Candonian Ace Joshua Hipona lent his shoes.
Ace Joshua and his elder brother Arlon, both members of Far Eastern University athletic team, served also as his running buddies when the duo are training at home.
Arlene Hipona, CNHS teacher, served as Galima’s coach.
FEU may eventually be Galima’s team as he enters college next school year who is planning to enroll in education course.
Galima trains hard to make it. He trains twice a day except on Sunday afternoon.
He does his long runs in the morning and his speed after class.
Galima is all bent of training harder to achieve his ultimate dream of donning the Philippine jersey somebody.
He started to take running serious when he was freshman in high school.
It helped since running events had become popular in the provinces which gave him many opportunities to test his skills against mostly much elder rivals.
Galima now trains his sight on the upcoming Region One Athletic Association Meet where he is expected to face again stiff competition and most likely same old rivals.
The Batang Pinoy program, an integral part of the national policy and program for sports development, aimed on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play.
The program also serves as recruitment baser for sports specialization training high level leagues, national tournaments and international competition. (LBJ)