Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2017 Mindanao Blue Knights Meet Season 4

Continued from Season 3

2017 Blue Knights Round 2
Kasi Brothers. Mindanao Blue Knights

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A flood of athletes from Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur, Kidapawan City, and Koronadal City left somewhat bewildered with the weekly relays not pushing through as planned in their respective parts of the country. So the action shifted to Davao. In the 100m Dash, Palaro Record Holder Feberoy Kasi held off his brother Jeovannie 10.90 to 10.92 in a cutthroat race between the visitors from Cotabato.

In the 400m, Feberoy teammate Marjun Sulleza, the Palaro 400 Hurdles Champion, took a tight finish to hold off Jumell Gonzales of Sto narrowly. Tomas National High School from Sto. Tomas, Davao Del Norte


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Mindanao Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches’ Forum Commences with Optimism

Jul 23, 2017

Airnel T. Abarra

Various coaches, athletes, trainers, and chaperons converge for interactive learning and discussion during the Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches Forum Series no. 1:

European Athletics Lessons for Philippine Grassroots at the Grade School Conference Room,

Ateneo de Davao University-Matina Campus, Matina, Davao City on 22-July-2017. The event was organized by the ADDU Track and Field Team and the University Athletics Office.s

Different schools and clubs from Davao Region take part in the initial launch of the forum.


The present units are as follows:

  • Davao City NHS
  • Angel Villarica NHS, Babak, Island Garden City of Samal
  • Magugpo Pilot Central ES Tagum City
  • Dacudao NHS, Dacudao, Calinan, Davao City
  • Hagonoy NHS, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur
  • V.F. Corcuera ES, Panacan, Davao City
  • Anthony and Mark Cavanis ES, Tibungco, Davao City
  • Paquibato NHS, Paquibato District, Davao City
  • Ramon F. Magsaysay ES, Daliao, Toril, Davao City
  • Compostela NHS, Compostela Valley
  • Mati City Sports Development Office, Mati City


The one-day event is divided into different sessions

The morning session is about the concept of grass-roots development models. As noted in the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), the facilitator, Mr. Airnel T. Abarra, discussed the different paradigms in grassroots, sport for all, and elite sports.

The next part is the case studies in the German and Czech Grassroots and University Athletics system, as observed by the facilitator during his visits to the European Union. The community’s strength in the form of clubs serves as the backbone of strong Athletics programs and how regular local meets give elite levels a longer supply of athletes as coaches are on the regional levels to collaborate with local coaches.

In the afternoon session, the facilitator and the participants did practicals on formulating training programs. Using dynamic movements and we discussed training programs aimed at long-term development and assessment.

The praxis and interaction of both the facilitators and participants created a strong network of like-minded people for Athletics.

The next forum will be facilitated by Coach Tony Benson, the former coach during Project Gintong Alay and head of the Run Out of Poverty (ROOP) program in Davao City.

Interested parties can contact Airnel T. Abarra at [email protected]

2017-2018 Mindanao Blue Knights Season 4 Round 2 Ateneo with Results and PATAFA Weekly Relays continuously being canceled

With the PSC-PATAFA Weekly relays canceled in Tagum and Koronadal due to lack of funding. However, the Blue Knights, established in Davao by Airnel T. Abarra with Ateneo De Davao’s help, pushed on with his fourth-year staging. Mr. Abarra started his program as part of his thesis’ but expanded on this concept through his European Athletics experiences. Has plans and interested parties looking at expanding into the further provinces in Mindanao.

The Blue Knights have already had one edition held at Tagum in previous years. At the same time, Davao Blue Knight officials were accredited by PATAFA last year. The meet is run with the support of individuals who contribute to the event as, unlike the PSC-PATAFA weekly relays, it is not funded by the PSC or the PATAFA.

The meet is in its 4th year of operation now, and we completed the second leg at Ateneo De Davao University. Ateneo De Davao University runs in partnership with a group run by many people called the Run out of Poverty Program. A Program aimed at helping underprivileged kids gain college scholarships.

2017 June Athletics Roundup – An Invitation: Mindanao Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches’ Forum Series No. 1: “European Lessons  for Grassroots Philippine Athletics.”

Mindanao Blue Knights Track League Season 4

Jun 30, 2017

Blue Knights Track League Season 4
Mindanao Blue Knights Track League Season 4

Mindanao Blue Knights

What should be done for our Grassroots Program in Athletics?

What are the best practices in Youth Athletics that we can learn from other countries?

Ateneo de Davao- Office of the Athletics

Track and Field Team 
Blue Knights Track League Season 4

Coaches’ Forum Series No. 1
“European Lessons for Grassroots Philippine Athletics”
22-July-2017, Saturday

08:00AM to 5:00PM

Grade School Conference Room

Ateneo de Davao University- Matina Campus

Mc. Arthur Highway, Matina Davao City


Mindanao Blue Knights Facilitator/Speaker:



German National Sprinter Alexandra Burghardt with the Airnel Abarra during their visit and training camp at MTG Mannheim, Mannheim Germany
  • MS Human Movement Science Major in Exercise Science
  • College of Human Kinetics, University of the Philippines
  • Head Coach – Athletics (Track and Field)
  • Meet Manager- Blue Knights Track League

Part of the John Morton Center Research Network, University of Turku, Finland

Explored and Networked with different Athletics Clubs and organizations in Germany and the

The Czech Republic.

Mindanao Blue Knights Learn:

  • Best Practices in Organizing Community-Based Athletics Events/Program
  • Program Design and Framework for Youth Athletics
  • Basic Drills and Training Activities for Youth Athletics
  • Connecting and Networking with Different Athletics Clubs in Europe
  • Opportunities to Travel and Attend Training Camps in different Athletics Communities in Europe.


Registration Fee: 300 Pesos inclusive of lunch and certificate of participation

Attire: Casual and Sportswear for practical activities

For further inquiries contact: 0920-221-0512 or email: [email protected]


Mindanao Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Opening Leg Schedule of Events

Jul 3, 2017

The only regular, independent, and sustainable Athletics event dedicated to grassroots development: Blue Knights Track League is ready for its fourth season at the Fr. Martinez

Sports Center Track Oval, Ateneo de Davao University, Matina Davao City on 29-July-2017

06:00AM-5:00 PM.

The event is OPEN to all clubs, schools, public or private, and regardless of affiliation.

One innovative event is the “mixed classical relay.”

  • 1st runner: 50m- Girls/Women
  • 2nd Runner: 100m- Boys/Men
  • 3rd Runner: 200m- Girls/Women
  • 4th Runner: 300m- Girls Women

Age group: U12, 13-16, 17-Above.

Schedule of events:

The registration fee is 50 Pesos per athlete, payable on site.

See you soon in #BKTL4

For inquiries and requests for invitation letters etc.,

contact Prof. Airnel T. Abarra 0920-221-0512,

or email at [email protected]

Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches Forum


Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches Forum: Widen Your Perspective in Athletics

Jul 13, 2017

This season, the Blue Knights Track League Season 4, which the Ateneo de organizes

Davao Track and Field Team Forums is an ideal way to gain new insights into the sport as a whole, and we can use it to continue to innovate our learning on how we see the sport and how we should organize athletics events.  That’s why the organizers of the BKTL4 went a notch higher with the launching of the “Coaches’ Forum Series.”

The fora are facilitated by different resource persons in and out of athletics. It also provides great insights into the sport and how it can be raised to form a new culture, especially in the Philippines.

Here are the details of the  possible topics:

Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches Forum
Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches Forum


DepEd Davao Region Advisory


Continued on Season 5

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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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