Former national player Erlinda Lavandia is among the 56-man Philippine delegation to the 19th Asian Master Athletics Championships (AMAC) slated on May 4 to 8 in Singapore.
Lavandia, nicknamed “Javelin Queen,” will serve as the contingent’s playing coach. She will compete along with Lerma Balauitan, Rosejean Yrrapaguire, Julius Sermona, Rene Herrera, Arniel Ferrera, Mario Castro, Danilo Fresnido, and former Milo Marathon King and Queen Eduardo Buenavista and Christabel Martes.
“We are ready. We hope to take home medals for our country,” said Lavendia in a press statement.
The 65-year old Lavendia won one gold medal in javelin throw, two silver medals apiece for shot put and discus, as well as a bronze in hammer throw in the 2015 edition of the meet. The Philippines’ total medal haul in the competition last year was three gold, two silver, and five bronze medals.
Fresnido, a gold medalist in the men’s javelin event during the 2014 AMAC, is expecting to duplicate his feat this year.
Over 500 Asian athletes will be competing in the event, all aiming to qualify for the upcoming 24th World Masters Athletics to be held in Perth, Australia from October to November this year.
AMAC started in 1977 when the then Secretary of the Asian Veteran Association, Hari Chandra of Singapore attended the second World Masters/Veterans Athletes Championship (WAVA) held in Sweden. Chandra with Hideo Okada of Japan and Milkha Singh of India decided to organize an Asian version of the WAVA Championships.