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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesThursday, May 12, 2011
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Dumaguete-based archer Jennifer Chan says that following their team’s recent victory in a regional archery competition, she will dedicating most of her time here in her home city practicing for the qualifying P-Noy National Games in Bacolod City later this month.

Chan returned to Dumaguete City following a sweet victory with her teammates at the 2nd Asian Archery Grand Prix in Vientiane in Laos where they had set two new Asian records.

The Philippines’ national women’s squad that competed in Laos were composed of two Dumagueteñas, namely, Chan, who participated in the Sydney Olympic games, and Joan Chan-Tabañag, now based in Luzon, and Rachel Cabral.

Chan and Tabañag, whose careers started in Dumaguete and were mentored by Dionisio Flores of Silliman University, were among the Philippine team that were named champions in the new 50 meters team event category, that was first introduced in Laos, Chan said.

The Asian Archery Grand Prix was held April 23 to 27 with eight countries participating, namely, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the host country, Laos, said 46-year old Jennifer Chan.

The Philippines’ women’s team clinched two gold medals while the PHL’s men’s team members included Fermin Barnachea, who earned a bronze medal, and Mark Javier, who placed 15th overall.

Mark Javier, who also hails from Dumaguete, and Chan are gearing up to represent the Philippines in the recurve category on July 2 at the World Championships in Italy and in the Olympic games in London in 2012, Chan said.*JFP


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