MAPALAD sina Charo Soriano at Bea Tan na maging “opisina” ang mga mala-paraisong beach. Ngunit mas maswerte ang bansa sa pagkakaroon ng dalawang atleta na buong puso ang dedikasyon sa pagpapakilala ng beach volleyball.
“One of our biggest motivations is us, as athletes ourselves, and I guess along the way it pass on to, oh now, we have this responsibility to actually make it consistent and sustainable not just for us but the rest of volleyball athletes who are very passionate about this also,” sabi ni Tan nang bumisita ang dalawa sa multi-platform sports talk show ng Inquirer na Sports IQ.
Higit sa pribilehiyo na mapuntahan ang magagandang beach destinations gaya ng
Ilocos Sur, Puerto Galera at Bantayan Island sa Cebu habang naglalaro ng sport na kanilang hilig, ang adbokasiya na ipakilala ang outdoor sport bilang iba sa indoor volleyball ang intensyon ng mga dating Ateneo volleybelles.
“Definitely that’s one of our goals. To be able to form teams that are specialized for beach volleyball because at the essence of it, it’s totally a different sport- the dynamics, the ball, the wind factor, the open area,” ani Tan.
BVR ON TOUR
Dahil sa kakulangan ng tournaments, napagpasiyahan nina Tan at Soriano katuwang si Alexa Micek at former Lady Eagles Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet at Dzi Gervacio na itatag ang Beach Volleyball Republic noong 2015 na naglalayong mag-organisa ng beach volleyball tournaments sa iba’t-ibang lugar sa bansa at bumuo ng grassroots development program.
“It really started because there was a lack of tournament for us to play in. There will be one or two tournaments we can join in. If we’re lucky then we can go to a random city down south, there we can play in as well in their fiestas,” saad pa ni Tan.
“There are a lots of athletes talaga who can bring honor to our country. We’ve had strong athletes from the floor 15 years ago, 20 years ago. Meron silang podium finishes kaso nga lang it wasn’t sustained so we wanted to reintroduce again the sport. We want to make sure that it’s gonna be sustainable from grassroots level or to the younger level until amateur, professional, elite level,” sabi ni Soriano.
“Yun din po yung gusto namin makita ni Bea with what’s happening now na a lot of these younger teams from university, high school players would train already and mabibigyan sila ng opportunity siguro scholarship ng mga collegiate and universities kasi meron na po silang platform, avenue to grow as beach volleyball athletes,” dagdag pa ni Soriano.
“Talagang it’s tighter now the community of beach volleyball. The volleyball community especially the fans are going bigger and bigger. We keep on going back there (provinces) kasi naghahanap na yung mga tao ng beach volleyball, nacondition na sila na dapat ganitong month babalik yung BVR to play there,” ani Soriano.
Daan din ang BVR on Tour para salain ang pina- kamahuhusay na beach volley players na magrerepresenta sa Pilipinas sa international meets tulad ng May 3-6, 2018 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open na gaganapin sa SM Sands by the Bay kung saan ito ang unang beses na magho-host ang bansa. May 64 foreign squads (32 women & 32 men) mula sa iba’t ibang bansa tulad ng Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Spain at Latvia ang maghaharap sa four-day meet.
Walong team ang ibabandera ng Pilipinas. Ang mga pares nina Soriano/ Tan, Karen Quilario/ Lourdilyn Catubag, Dhamae Demontaño/ Jackie Estoquia at Dzi Gervacio/ Cherry Rondina ang bubuuo sa women’s division habang sina Jade Becaldo/ Calvin Sarte, Raphy Abanto/ Kevin Juban, Ranran Abdilla/ Edwin Tolentino, Henry Pecaña/ KR Guzman ang kukumpleto sa men’s side.
“This is I guess the time for us to really see what are gauge is. So, world tour is the bigger event worldwide and what we’re really after is how we can gauge with the Asian countries. So we’ll start there first having these here is already good opportunity for us to really grow the game here in the Philippines.” sabi ni Tan.