For the first time, two Santa Rosa Elementary School (SRES) Central III Special Education (SPED) athletes showed a remarkable bout in the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa 2018 held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, on April 15-21.

Pupil-athletes Ron Russel Mitra and Ma. Ravinia C. Carpena performed well in the running and throwing events, respectively in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.

Mitra, a dyslexic learner, placed fourth in the 200-meter dash and sixth in the 400-meter run.

“Talagang binilisan ko yung takbo, kaso ang bibilis ng mga kalaban ko,” Mitra said after finishing the run.

He also did well along with other CALABARZON runners in the 4×100-meter relay, clinching the gold medal with three other sprinters from Batangas and Rizal provinces.

He said, “Buti na lang mabilis naming natakbo ang relay, kaya nauna kaming nakatapos. Ako yong huling tumakbo at naunang nakatapak sa guhit.”

On the other hand, Carpena, a learner with intellectual and communication disability, ranked sixth in shot put among 17 contenders, with a throw of 6.35 meters.

“Para kasing mas mabigat ang shot put na ginamit dito. “Yong sa practice mas magaan yata,” she said after the event.

Prior to the Palarong Pambansa, the two had stunning performances in the Southern Tagalog CALABARZON Athletic Association and the Santa Rosa City Division Athletic Meet. Right after Regional Sports Competition they immediately underwent a regular training with division sports trainer Raquel Castro at SRES – Central III covered court.

The school head of SRES Central III, Mrs. Catherine M. Laza, said that she will give extra support to these athletes this school year 2018-2019. She believes that their performance in this year’s Palaro was promising and that they can do better next year if given support.

She said, “In fact, Russel could potentially bring home a gold medal by himself alone in meter-dash runs.”

Mrs. Laza conferred with her SPED teachers and encouraged them to tap more potential athletes and expose them to sporting activities.

The teacher-coach and coordinator, Mrs. Easter Ruth G. Nacis, vowed to monitor Mitra and Carpena so they could grab the gold medal next year.

The parents of the two athletes were proud that their children had gone far in the national competition.