The 23rd World Masters Athletics Championships is set to begin tomorrow, September 4, and will run until September 16 in Malaga, Spain. This biennial sporting event sees master athletes, aged 35 and above, from all over the world in competition.
Sixteen delegates—all award-winning athletes from their youth—will be representing the Philippines in this prestigious event.
Danilo Fresnido is the designated leader of Team Philippines. He coaches for the national team in throw sports and a gold medalist for the Men’s 40-44 Javelin Throw from a previous edition of the World Masters Athletics Championships.
Joining him are fellow javelin thrower Erlinda Lavandia, current Philippine hammer throw record-holder Arniel Ferrera (also a member of the national team coaching staff and will debut this year in the 35-39 Hammer Throw), discus thrower Drolly Claravall, pole vaulter Emerson Obiena, long jumpers Rosejean Yparraguirre and Elenita Punelas, hurdler Arnel Lobos, and runners and sprinters Edward Kho, Salve Bayaban, Julio Bayaban, Perla Lobos, Nhe-ann Barcena, Judith Staples, Carmencita Muaña, and Jeannette Obiena, who shares team management duties with Yparraguirre.
“The World Masters Athletics [Championships] is proof that age is just a number. We have so much athletic talent, but many of us are already overage to join the Olympics and other competitions, so it’s nice that we have this championships for those of us who still have a lot to offer in terms of athletics,” says delegate Edward Kho, who is also the Marketing and Communications director of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Associiation (PATAFA), a supporter of the Philippine Masters Team.
The Philippine Masters Athletics team is supported by Soleus, L Timestudio, and PATAFA, and in part by the Philippine Sports Commission and Asics.
Support and follow the progress of our master athletes at the 23rd World Masters Athletics Championships through the National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines Facebook Page: facebook.com/nmsaap.