CEBU CITY, Philippines – Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa continued her meteoric rise to the top as she bagged three gold medals in the International Tavaszi Kupa 2020 in Hungary on Sunday (Philippine Time), Mar. 8, 2020.
Two days after she was bestowed with the Milo Junior Athletes Award during the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Award last March 6 in Manila, Dela Pisa who skipped the awards night as she had to travel to Hungary for his continued training with her Olympian coach Dora Vass and the scheduled Tavaszi competition.
The 16-year old Dela Pisa won the gold medal in the Clubs, Ribbon and Over-All competition while as of press time she was still competing in the Ball event.
The other delegation from the Philippines, Breanna Labadan settled for the bronze medal in the clubs and overall competition.
“I was very overwhelmed. It’s priceless. I am very grateful to Dadai for making me proud of converting my hard work into reality. My wish has came true, she competed in the Southeast Asian Games and winning the gold medal was all a dream that came into reality. My family was very proud of what she has done,” Dela Pisa’s proud mother and first coach Darlene told iNews.PH.
Last December, Dela Pisa won the gold medal in the Hoops and bronze medals in the ball and the clubs competitions in the biennial SEA Games competition.
Dela Pisa’s continued training in Europe is her step closer to her dreamed Olympics game participation.
“We will be supporting her every decision. Having the Labadans helping her every trip is a huge blessing. Dadai’s hard work and sacrifices, our prayers and the huge help of Cap’t Arnold Labalan and her wife made these things possible. We hope Dadai’s dreams to qualify for the Olympics (in Tokyo) would come to reality,” added Darlene.
The Hungary training is Dela Pisa’s preparation for the grueling series of competition that would earn her a slot to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The top 3 winners the 2020 FIG World Cup Circuit in Rhythmic Gymnastics which had seven stops in Europe and Asia starting in Pesaro, Italy on April 3-5, Sofia in Bulgaria on April 10-12; Tashkent, Uzbekistan April 17-19; and the Baku, Azerbaijan on April 25-26 will be given a slot to the summer quadrennial games.
As well as the top three placers in the World Challenge Cup competitions in Portimao in Portugal (May 8-10), Cluj Napoca in Romania (June 26-28), Minsk Belarus on July 3-5 and in Moscow Russia on July 10-12. RCM