Seven national athletes flew to Singapore Friday morning to represent the Philippines in the STEP Asian Youth Sports Leaders Camp to be held March 8-17.

The event is organized by the Singapore Olympic Foundation, Sports Singapore and Temasek Foundation International.

The activity aims to engage 120 young athletes from all over Asia for leadership training and values inculcation to build closer ties among Asian youth leaders.

Among the Filipino athletes tapped to participate in the event are: Eumir Felix Marcial of Boxing, Islay Erika Bomogao of Muay Thai, Abigail Sinogbuhan of Sepak Takraw, Jack Danielle Animan of Basketball, Jamaila Ramos of Pencak Silat and Homer De Vera of Tournament Bridge.

“We are grateful to the Singapore Olympic Foundation, Sport Singapore, and Temasek Foundation International for giving our young athletes this timely opportunity to develop their leadership abilities and build bridges across the region,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary-general Patrick Gregorio.

“We recognize the importance of empowering our youth to become not only better athletes, but future sports managers and leaders. We wish only the best for the camp and look forward to the stories and insights our delegates will gather from this.”

For his part, secretary-general Chris Chan of the Singapore NOC, said some of the participants will be “our leaders of tomorrow. I hope their friendship imbued at this camp will have lasting effect so that our children will have a better world as the leaders of each nation work with better undertaking with one another.

Katrina Gargoles of the POC secretariat is delegation head. All expenses for their participation are covered by the Organizing Committee.

In photo: from left, Abegail Sinogbuhan of SepakTakraw, Jack Danielle Animam of Basketball, Islay Erika Bomogao of Muaythai, Katrina Gargoles of POC, Jamaila Ramos of Pencak Silat, Eumir Felix Marcial of Boxing, Homer De Vera of Tournament Bridge.

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