Thirteen-year-old Barcelona-based Filipino Dejan Ison bagged a silver medal after beating opponents from Mongolia, Egypt, Italy, and Uzbekistan at the World Taekwondo Cadet Championships held from August 23 to 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Ison, who competed in the 33-kg category, was one of the representatives of the Spanish national taekwondo team who brought medals to the country. The other was Cheyenne Brito Rico, who won Spain’s first gold in the international competition.
The Philippine taekwondo team meanwhile brought home two medals—gold for Mary Angeline Alcantara and silver for Arianne Espida.
“I felt sad because I could have won gold, but I’m very, very happy because I’m the first to win silver for the club,” said Ison in Spanish.
He was referring to the Sant Pau Jade Taekwondo Centre D’Warriors, a multi-awarded Barcelona-based taekwondo school run by Filipino coach Elmar Dimayuga.
Another product of the club who competed in Egypt is John Anthony Haboc Plado. The fourteen-year-old didn’t win any medal but is also one of Spain’s national taekwondo champions.
Ison and Plado both underwent intensive training at national sports training centers in Madrid, Barcelona, and Murcia.
Dimayuga is proud of the teens’ international experience and invites the youth to be active in sports.
“Ine-encourage ko lahat ng kabataan na pumasok at ma-involve sila sa lahat ng mga sports. Humanap sila ng entrenador o coach na magbibigay sa kanila ng motivación para maabot o mapagtagumpayan nila kung anumang sports,” said Dimayuga, adding that parents’ support and collaboration are crucial.
Ison’s father, Donato, recounted: “Kailangan istrikto sa pagkain sa bahay. (Sa) training, tinutulungan ko ito lalo na ‘pag sobra sa kilo. Sa pag-aaral, sa gabi, hatid-sundo.” Originally published on news.abs-cbn.com