CEBU: The grassroots development program for gymnastics gets a boost here in the Queen City of the South after the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) donated equipment to the Gymnastics Academy of Cebu (GAC).

PSC Oversight Commissioner for the Visayas Ramon Fernandez said the country's sports agency initially donated 23 rubber landing mats and will send more equipment to get the grassroots program rolling.

PSC will be sending a complete set of gymnastics equipment, including balance beams; high, horizontal and parallel bars; pommel horses; flex floor systems; spotting blocks; trampolines; vaults; and springboards, once the quarantine restriction eases up on local government units.

GAC, meanwhile, is in close coordination with the Department of Education as it closely dedicates the gymnasiums of the Labangon Elementary School and nearby Guadalupe Elementary School for the sport.

"Once Metro Manila goes to GCQ (general community quarantine), we will be sending this equipment right away, as tasked by Chairman [Butch] Ramirez," said the 19-time PBA champion Fernandez.

Currently, Metro Manila is under MECQ or modified enhanced community quarantine while Cebu City is under GCQ.

Cebu is showing promise in the field of gymnastics with home-grown talent like Daniela Reggie de la Pisa, who won a gold medal and two bronzes in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in December 2019.

"With about 12,000 students attending these schools, we hope that this new indoor arena will be a rich source of grassroots sports talent in the region and develop the next Carlos Yulo who will represent the country," said Fernandez.