DAVAO City – Winning is sweeter especially when the odds are greater.
Dancesports couple Kristel Ivy Evangelista and Jay Ronald Auxtero of Sto. Nino High School in Talibon, Bohol, beat 16 other competitors, including the odds that nearly pulled them off of the competition, but eventually gave Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) four of the nine DanceSports gold medals in the Palarong Pambansa 2019 at the Philippine Science High School gym in Tugbok District in Mintal .
Kristel and Jay themselves could not believe they could pull the feat since they have apprehensions that they could not perform the way they were projected before they went for war.
A day before they left for Davao, Jay figured in a motorcycle accident that left a very nasty wound on his right foot.
The other members of the CVIRAA DanceSports Team were doubtful the Boholano dance athletes could be able to compete.
“I was on my way home when I happened to trail a carabao-drawn karitela loaded fully with firewoods. I tried to overtake but since it was on a hilly part, I lost estimates, so mao to nadisgrasya ko. Dako kaayo og samad akong tiil and napangos akong tuhod, elbows and even I had a gash on the face,” Jay told iNews.Ph at the CVIRAA Mess Hall in Sta. Ana Central School in Magsaysay St. in Davao City.
On the event night, Jay prayed hard and with the help of an anesthetic cream, he was able to wear his shoes and went to compete.
“Although I felt no pain at all because of the anesthetic cream that was applied on my wound, I am apprehensive kay basin mosakit unya siya (injury) unya maka apekto sa akong performance. Maayo gani kay wala gyud nisakit,” the 18-year old Jay continued.
His partner, the 16-year old Kristel was also apprehensive of their performance because of Jay’s injured foot.
“I was really doubtful if we can do the highlights of our routine. But Jay told me not to mind him, instead do the things we have practice and do the steps we are supposed to do,” Kristel added.
But after each performance, they get even better and after collecting their fourth gold medal, the duo finally heaved a sigh of success and fulfillment.
“Overwhelmed! It was worth it. All our sacrifices had paid off and here we are a Palarong Pambansa gold medallists again,” Kristel and Jay chorused.
Their coach Kareem Datig and event monitoring in-charge RJ Villarosa were overwhelmed by the performance of the Boholano tandem who managed to beat their highly-favored Cebuano counterparts during the Regional meet to make it to the national competition.
Among the competitions that the Bohalano duet participated in anticipation for the Palarong Pambansa was in the 2019 FTD World Grand Prix Pre-Amateur Latin competition in Chinese-Taipei where they finished with silver medals behind a Russian couple Galkin Viaches and Tsareva Ekaterina.
Last year they won three gold medals and next year when Dancesports will become a regular sport, Kristel is uncertain if she can find a partner that can be compatible to her like the way Jay does to her.