Mindanao Blue Knights Track
With 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. 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 what was a cutthroat race between the visitors from Cotabato.
In the 400m Feberoy teammate, Marjun Sulleza the Palaro 400 Hurdles Champion took a tight finish too narrowly hold off Jumell Gonzales of Sto. Tomas National High School from Sto. Tomas, Davao Del Norte
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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 an 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,
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 Grassroots development models. The facilitator, Mr. Airnel T. Abarra discussed the different paradigms in grassroots sport, sport for all, and elite sport as noted in the Education Through Sports Manual by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA).
Next part is the case studies in German and Czech Grassroots and University Athletics system as observed by the facilitator during his visits to the European Union. The strength of the community in the form of clubs serves as the backbone of strong Athletics programs and how regular local meets gives elite levels a longer supply of athletes as coaches are on the regional levels to collaborate with local coaches.
On the afternoon session, the facilitator and the participants did practicals on formulating training programs. Using dynamic movements and training programs aimed at long-term development and assessment were discussed.
Through the praxis and interaction of both of the facilitators and participants, it created a strong network of like-minded people for Athletics.
2017 Blue Knights Round 2
2017-2018 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. this year The Blue Knights which was established in Davao by Airnel T. Abarra with the help of Ateneo De Davao pushed on with his fourth year staging. Mr. Abarra who started off his program as ‘part of his thesis’ but expanded on this concept through his experiences with European Athletics. 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. While Davao Blue Knight officials have been 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 the second leg was completed at Ateneo De Davao University. Ateneo De Davao University runs in partnership with a group run by another bunch of people called the Run out of Poverty Program. A Program aimed at helping underprivileged kids gain college scholarships.
2017 June Athletics Roundup – An Invitation: Blue Knights Track League Season 4 Coaches’ Forum Series No. 1: “European Lessons
for Grassroots Philippine Athletics”
Blue Knights Track League Season 4
Jun 30, 2017
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”
08:00AM to 5:00PM
Grade School Conference Room
Ateneo de Davao University- Matina Campus
Mc. Arthur Highway, Matina Davao City
Mr. Airnel T. Abarra, MSc.
- 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 Organization in Germany and the
- 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 the practical activities
For further inquiries contact: 0920-221-0512 or email: [email protected]
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
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:
See you soon in #BKTL4
For inquiries and request 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 is organized by the Ateneo de
Davao Track and Field Team Forums is an ideal way to gain new insights in sport as a whole and we can use it to continue to innovate our learning on how we see the sport and how Athletics events should be organized. 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 thendetails of the possible topics:
Spirit of the times: Reflections as a coach and meet manager of SMART Blue Knights Track League Season 3
March 11, 2017
Airnel T. Abarra
“The idea that the harder you work, the better you’re going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently.” – Bill Bowerman
In the course of three years as the coach of Ateneo de Davao University Track and Field team and proponent of SMART Blue Knights Track League Season 3 which had its finals at the Fr. Martinez Sports Center Track Oval, Ateneo de Davao University on 25-February, we had a season full of great moments which are both heart-warming and inspiring while also reflecting on what should be done next to improve the culture of Athletics as a discipline in Mindanao.
As meet manager of this event which is running for almost three years, we continuously take steps to practice self-criticism in order to raise our standards. As a coach and meet the manager, it is not only important you are present in training and competitions but also find ways to raise the consciousness of your community towards your sport.
As the only monthly Athletics event in Mindanao and perhaps in the whole of Philippines, the Blue Knights Track League give chance for athletes in our region to see and meet National Athletes who graced the humble oval of Ateneo de Davao University. SEA Games Medalist in Long Jump Katherine Khay Santos opened our season with a bang last July 2017.
With him is UAAP Commissioner Atty. ReboSaguisag, and SMART Head for Mindanao Mr. Arnold Dellosa. Through this start, we want to prove that Athletics has its fair share of icons. It is important that we provide models for our athletes.
After her inspiring feat during 2016, Rio Olympics, Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal also take the time to run with the athletes in BKTL September Leg. Through her stories of challenge and success, Joy shared her experience as former sprinter then turned long-distance runner. She had her fair share of stories on how odds all went onto her especially the grueling moments during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Aside from people who grace the events in this years’ BKTL, we managed to bring the action in other communities. In partnership with the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte especially its Sports and Tourism Office, BKTL had its record-breaking participation rate of 28 teams. It covered 3 major regions in Mindanao. A
As we resume the games on January 2017, our loyal friends from Kapatagan, Digos Davao del Sur once again shine with its prime product Ms. Meagey Ninura- the current Palarong Pambansa and National Junior Record Holder in 3,000m run. Meagey had the chance to share her message with aspiring athletes. In terms of participation, BKTL January leg has made its reach to the athletes of Kidapawan and Cotabato City.
On the 6th leg of BKTL, UAAP Athletics Champion Michael Carlo “Mico” Del Prado raced with the athletes of Mindanao in the 200m and 400m dash. Mico had wonderful experience meeting other athletes in our region who are almost at par with his abilities. Still, it gives the local athletes to learn from the experience of Mico. Athletes as well had the experience being seen online via internet live streaming thanks to the efforts and expertise of Ateneo de Davao comp group.
It may look like we did much effort this year which is the product of the entire community of BKTL. Still, we are running on tight funds and limited resources but we were able to secure more people and partners this year. Still, the proponents don’t rest on its simple laurels. There is still a lot of work to do especially as we move to our 4th season in July 2017. Some of the things we want to improve are as follows:
Branding- the proponents now are seeking the assistance of different individuals and groups to give BKTL a better sporting image next year. From the uniforms of the officials down to the quality of its identity, we seek a new breed of individuals who want to give BKTL a fresh look.
Efficiency- Given that BKTL runs on limited resources, we hope that we can find ways to make the race more efficient and not labor-intensive. We plan to use different technologies in results encoding and other parts of the game that needs to be improved.
Partnerships. We hope to the different legs of BKTL in different cities in Mindanao. Our goal is to have at least two legs which will be held in different key locations in the region. So that we can introduce more the impact of independent Athletics meets which is the core of a genuine grassroots sports development.
Self- As the meet manager, I really reflect on what I need to improve on myself. I raise the questions
- If I am really a good ambassador for the sport?
- Am I really a good coach?
- Am I really living up to my ideals?
This season of BKTL provided me great lessons in life as well. How to beat the odds when others are not confident in my skills as a simple mover in Athletics. I had my fair share of people who try to bring me down but when I see how athletes went home happy and thankful after each BKTL, all those rejections and criticism simply fades away.
Other coaches prefer to raise their athletes on the usual cycle of being a champion in the national meets and being in top universities in the capital.
- But did it change how athletes look on themselves?
- Did the athletes meet their idols?
- Did the athletes able to express their ideals or they will be just treated as commodities for the sake of topping the points of their respective leagues?
Still, I believe that aside from winning it is the values and character must be developed by the athlete from their coaches.
I live up to my spirit, vocation, and my reason why I want to raise the culture of Athletics in Mindanao. I dream that the 4th season will prosper more to reach its goals that time will come, we will set the benchmark of Athletics program in the Philippines that BKTL will be the league of choice just like how my role models in world athletics build their field to let people come.
Photos by Ed Leuenberger and Jun Dionio
January 21 Davao Blue Knights. Magic Meagey and Mindanaos Fastest man Yuhei Go Highlight (Schedule)
The 5th leg of the Davao Blue Knights 2016-17 athletic event. January 21 will explode at the Ateneo De Davao Matina Campus Oval in Davao City.
Reminder: SMART Blue Knights Track League Season 3 is OPEN to all athletes, with or without any club, team, or affiliation. Hope to see all of you on 21-January-2017
While the Meet is the project of Mr. Airnel Talatala Abarra. Also, he is the head coach of Ateneo De Davao. The meet has PATAFA trained/sanctioned Technical officials.
While Abarra vision is to create a unique grass root experience for athletes in Davao City initially and then in the rest of Mindanao. Also using techniques and innovations he has learned from attending top international diamond league and grand Prix events in Europe. Airnel brings a unique professionally ran meet management technique to the people of Mindanao. A well-engaged meet where the participants are enthused and highly motivated.
While Mindanao is beginning the move towards creating its own programs. Also trying to maintain its high-level athletes rather than sending them to schools in Manila. With the opening of several new sports academies and soon sports colleges. This vision to produce strong senior athletes in Mindanao for international meets may soon become a reality.
Also highlighting the meet it is confirmed their will be teams from Zamboanga Del Sur, Tagum, Digos, Bukidnon, Surigao, and Cotobato attending as well as other parts of Northern Mindanao.
Magic Meagey Opens 2017 with 1500
The star attraction to this meet is Palaro Record Holder in the 1500 and 3000 Meagey Ninura. Who will be lining up in the 1500 meters? Meagey who has a PB of 4.39 in 1500 will be up against 2015 Milo Youth 3000 National Champion Jonavie Tenebroso (5.04 & 11.05) of the Del Sur Sports Academy in a field of quite a few athletes. Meagey who is preparing for her last year in the Palarong Pambansa, opted to skip the National Batang Pinoy to focus on her qualifying events for DAVRAA. Her DAVRAA meet will be at the end of March. Meagey, now in Grade 11 is still being considered by several American NCAA Universities after she finishes senior high school in Digos. Meagey is a Jollibee Yum Ambassador.
Meagey is coached by Maylene Quimque of Kapatagan National High School who also contributed partly to another former Palaro Champion Mae Barit also in the 1500 and 3000.
Mindanao’s Fastest Man Yuhei Go
Mindanao Fastest man Yuhei Go will go head to head again with Kasi Feberoy the Palaro Record Holder. The half Japanese Go who is based in Cagayan De Oro has a personal best of 10.5 seconds. He has made a few trips to Pagadian City to work with Provincial Sports Consultant Andrew Pirie and join trial meets theirs.
In his last encounter Go was able to beat Feberoy. Feberoy holds the Palaro Record with 10.75 seconds. Go clocked 10.64 and wind-aided 10.57 at Pagadian after a 10.51 in Davao City.
Also possibly making an appearance will be James Guibone of Tagum who has clocked 10.7 seconds. In fact, there are possibly 5 subs 11 seconds guys joining in what may be a very thrilling race.
Yuhei aims to ultimately lineup at the national open at the end of March against the country’s fastest men in the 100m and 200m. And hopefully, if luck shines his way a berth in the 2017 SEA Games.
2016 Mindanao Blue Knights Track League DavNor: Report and Results
While 28 Teams turned up in total. The 2016 SMART Blue Knights Track League Season 3-PSC Weekly Relays DavNor Edition had record-breaking attendance during its first conference finals.
It was held at the Davao Del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Mankilam, Tagum City, Davao Del Norte on 15-16-October-2016.
Also, different schools and clubs covering the regions of Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, and SOCKSARGEN Region also showcased their skills in different Athletics events.
Also, the Blue Knights Track League proves how a community-based Athletics event can be sustainable.
Due to the efforts of the Athletics Team of Ateneo de Davao University and its Parents Community.
Also Head Coach Airnel T. Abarra constantly communicated with different Athletics coaches, and clubs in Mindanao to invite them in joining the event.
Most noteworthy is its recent partnership with Davao del Norte Sports Development Division Office headed by Mr. Giovanni I. Gulanes to make the DavNor Sports and Tourism Complex as a venue.
With great staff and logistics, DavNor Sports augmented the community efforts of Blue Knights hence it reached more participants of the monthly event.
First of all, a notable performer is the 15 yr old Tagum Sprinter Jeremiah Cortez who clocked 10.9 seconds in the century dash and 22.7 at the 200m.
While other feats are Ateneo de Davao’s 12 yr old sprinter Ashanttie Kate Amaneo who captured double gold in 100m and 200m dash with a time of 14.2 and 30.9 seconds.
Also on the long-distance side, Sto. Tomas National High School, Shame Igpit captured triple gold in 800m, 1,500m, and 3,000m steeplechase. St. Alexius Koronadal’s Marjun Sulleza reigned in 400m, 400m hurdles, and 200m.
In addition, the Blue Knights Track League continues its vision to reach out to more communities, the organizers plan to stage the event in Koronadal City, South Cotabato on January 2017.
Also, we are thankful to our partners:
- Gintong Saging
- Keepsakes Cafe
- Piccola Bakeshoppe
- Ateneo de Davao Track and Field Parents Varsity Group.
- Philippine Sports Commission
ADDU Monthly Track Meet First Season Ends With a Bang
Feb 7, 2015
Blue Knights Track League Season 2: It’s About Experience
July 5, 2015
Airnel T. Abarra
From its humble beginnings last year, the Blue Knights Track League is back for its second season with its opening ceremonies fired off at the Fr. Martinez Sports Center Track Oval, Ateneo de Davao University Matina Campus on 05-July.
As it continues to strive to give better experience and activities for the athletes of Davao and Mindanao as a whole.
Believing that changing culture of Athletics as a sport in the “peripheries”, the Blue Knights Track League not only serves as an alternative venue for athletes in the region to get fully exposed on a regular and consistently run meet, but also to learn from their idols in Athletics through a “track clinic” led by Coach Elma and Khay during the afternoon warm-up.
On top of this the two national athletes shared their challenges, experiences, and struggles as national athletes. So that athletes can realize they must be strong both in mind and body to reach their goals.
“Huwag kayong sumuko, yang ating mga paa, malayo ang mararating nyan, sipag, tiyaga, at tiwala kay Lord”
this was the ecstatic message of Coach Elma Muros-Posadas to almost 150 athletes with their coaches, chaperons, and trainers.
After hearing their messages, athletes were taught by Khay Santos on proper ways of doing warm-ups and drills before the afternoon session.
On top of this, organizers make sure that all athletes will be given snacks and refreshments during the whole event so that their nutrition will not be compromised. Powered by 818 Sports and individual benefactors, simple incentives were given to the winners after the event as bigger prizes will be given on the first conference finals set in October 2015.
With the success of the first leg of Blue Knights Track League Season2, the Ateneo de Davao Office of the Athletics is firmly poised on its next edition this 01-August.
Davao City-Team Blue Knights Monthly Track Meet Aims for raising the Culture in Athletics
Nov 29, 2014
For the first time, Ateneo de Davao University Athletics Office in cooperation with Davao City Sports Development Division organized the Davao City-Team Blue Knights Monthly Track Meet at the Fr. Martinez Sports Center Track Oval, Ateneo de Davao University Matina Campus whose first and second leg was done last November 29 and December 06
Teams from different public and private schools including freelance runners in Davao City and Davao Region as a whole including Digos and Tagum Cities joined the meet which is set to raise the program of Athletics by providing a regular and sustainable meet that will set as a training program for promising athletes in Davao. Powered by Scotch, Post-it by 3M, the meet is done once a month that leads to the grand finals in February 07, 2015. So far aside from Manila, Davao is the only city in the Philippines with a continuous event in Athletics.
“Nasa probinsya ang pag-asa sa Track and Field”-
This is the statement of Asia’s Sprint Queen Lydia de Vega Mercado in her conversation with ADDU University Athletics Director Noli Ayo during his meeting with the Filipino track champion in Singapore.
With that belief, the ADDU Athletics team and Davao City Sports Development Division is passionately pursuing this meet and looking forward on its second season on mid-2015.