YOUNG badminton sensation Solomon Padiz, Jr. reigned supreme in the 2015 Batang Pinoy Luzon Elimination Under-15 boys’ singles badminton championship held at the City Walk in Malolos City, Bulacan.
The 14 -year-old pride of Sta. Rosa City in Laguna and protégé of Mayor Arlene Arcillas swept all his seven assignments from elimination to finals in dominant fashions.
He defeated Jason Valenzuela of Team Quezon City in straight sets, 21-8,21-14, in the finals.
The left handed Padiz unleashed powerful smash and varied shots that caught his rival flat-footed enroute to winning the gold medal.
“My training camp at the New Vision Badminton Academy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia shouldered by our badminton patron Mr. Conrado Co of Allied Marikina proved to be a big factor in uplifting my present level of competition. There are still a lot room for improvement and I’m all set to face the challenges,” said Padiz, a De La Salle University Integrated School (DLSUIS) standout.
Padiz’ father, Solomon Sr., is the athletic director of DLSUIS.
The victory assured the young Padiz a slot in the next edition of the Malaysia Junior Open Purple Badminton League slated on August 15 to 18.
Philippines’ top ranked netter Mark Shielly Alcala will join him in the Malaysia meet.