The scorching heat was felt and experienced by several athletes from the entire country as the 19th University Games was held in Iloilo City last October 21-28, 2014. This year, Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) was represented by its 86 student-athletes and coaches with Bemi Garcia, being the head of delegation together with 41 schools who battled it out together to see who will win in their respective sports and to know if last year’s defending champions are still worthy of their title.
The week-long event was hosted by the University of San Agustin (USA) where most of the main events were held. Basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, taekwondo, swimming and chess were the sports participated in by AdDU where several wins were attained by the student-athletes in their corresponding sports.
Different experiences were felt by the school’s student-athletes and coaches. Swimming coach, Imelda Ribble, emphasized the difficulty in watching the games due to the venues distant from each other.
Aina Balasalisa, a 4th year AB Sociology student, expressed an interview, “My Unigames experience was so far the best way to end my playing years as a varsity player (table tennis) of AdDU. It gives so much pride to represent not just your sport but also the entire AdDU community.”
From the men’s table tennis, Josh Agawin, a 1st year BS Nursing student said, “Akala ko amazing race pinunta ko dahil puro adventure. From long haul jeepney rides going to event venues, to the “game hunt” for our meal–siyempre batchoy kasi Iloilo gid!”
Clearly, the 19th University Games was something to be remembered for the student-athletes of AdDU. It was something memorable from the freshmen student-athletes, as it was their first, up until the senior student-athletes, being it their last.
It was definitely something that their hearts and minds would always reminisce on in the years to come. As Sports Administrator, Coach Noli Ayo, reminded the student-athletes prior to their departure, “No excuses, but never forget.”
Basketball (Boys) 0-4
Basketball (Girls) 2-2
Badminton Men (Rank 6) 4-2
Table Tennis (Men) 1-4
Table Tennis (Women) 0-4
Volleyball (Men) 0-3
Chess (Men) Rank 6 —
Chess (Women) Rank 9 3-4