Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
Photo Caption: Bruce Ventura athlete in 1991
Bruce Ventura athlete – Legends of the Throwers Circle
First Published September 14, 2013
Today we add another Legend to our circle of champions of the past. Fil-Heritage Thrower Bruce Ventura will be immortalized forever among the legends of our sport.
Bruce Ventura was the Philippine National Record Holder in the Shotput for 15 years from 1992 to 2007.
Although his name is not known today, many of the senior coaches with Bruce Ventura still remember him.
Pinoyathletics.info asked Bruce Ventura for his insight as Bruce Ventura was one of the more successful Fil-Heritage athletes who won a silver at the 1993 SEA Games. Although he had a short career in the Shotput, Bruce contributed a lot to the Philippines.
My grandfather is Emilio Ventura Sr and graduated from California at Berkeley.
He is the founder of Roosevelt High School in Ilocos Norte.
My mom is from Bolinoa, Pangasinan, and was a doctor in the Philippines. She sacrificed her career to come to the US and have a family.
My parents got married in 1971 and started a family.
The Shotput was introduced to me in high school by my coaches Chuck Bean and Al Vacio.
At first, the Shotput and discus were so dull; I lost interest.
But all that changed when this 14-year-old Freshman in his first meet beat his upper-class man right then and there, which made me realize I could be good at this.
Four years in 1991, I broke the school record, and until now, it still stands at 56 ft 11 inches (17.10m 6kg shot).
I was captain of our school’s Football team and still have the best record in school history, 9-1.
The individuals that have attributed to my success, are high school coach Tony Flores, teammates Mike Arreola, Sergio Ramos, and Kenley Shirakawa, and College Coaches at San Jose, DeAnza, and Chico State.
I want to acknowledge my Idol, Mentor Ron McKee. Back then, this man amazed me with his technique.
20-plus years later, we work together, and he still amazes me with his knowledge and guidance
I had no intention of throwing after High School; however, my good friend and neighbor from San Jose, California, Ed Lasquete, told me about it and boomed here.
The most memorable moment was my first competition in the Philippines.
I was 19 years old, flying 16 hours on the plane. Arriving 5 hours later, I throw and break an 18-year-old Shot put record (15.82m)15.82m was not my personal best. I was throwing over 16 during my college years at 52 feet.
Bruce Ventura Why did I end my Shotput career short?
Well, this is a sensitive topic. But back in 1995, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
My life changed, and I was too young to understand this disease at the time.
I was depressed and still kept my pride in fighting it.
When I threw in Thailand’s 1995 SEA Games, I hoped to win the Gold, even though I suffered.
I ended up 4th. No one knew what I was going through. That’s life.
I am currently working Full time at a Juvenile Detention Center.
And I have been coaching Shotput and Discus at local high schools in San Jose.
I want to thank my Auntie Dulce Lukban for letting me stay at their house, Pops Fernandez‘s old room lol, Also Jocelyn, and Joey.
My auntie Pura Cerdan Joy and Jonas Cerdan. And all The Ventura cousins in Piddig Ilocos Norte
And last but not least, my Family here, Dad Ronnie and Omar Ventura. Shiela, Derek, Liselle, Kennedy, Cammy, Omar Jr, and Vegas.
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