Sports find a friend in Go for Gold

November 30, 2018

BUOYED by its tremendous success this year, Go for Gold will continue its role to promote sports development through sponsorships of select sports where Filipinos can truly excel.    

Powerball Vice President for Marketing Jeremy Go assured his company’s wholehearted support to several sports as he underscored the need for more financial and moral assistance from the private sector to help the athletes in their efforts to bring honors to the country.

“Our company, Go for Gold will continue our role to help in the promotion of  sports in the country,  especially  those we  have identified as potential sources of gold medals,” said Go during the wekly “Usapang Sports” presented by the Tabloid Organization in  Philippine  Sports (TOPS)  at  the   National Press Club  Bldg. in Manila last Thursday.

A former  cyclist himself, Go said there are a lot of young and talented  athletes who  are capable of bringing honors to the country with proper training and right motivation.

“Maraming magagaling, maraming talentadong mga atleta sa iba’t ibang sports. Kailangan  lamang  nating  linangin at  pag-ibayuhin ang kanilang mga training dito at sa labas ng bansa,” Go told sportswriters from the leading  tabloids in the country.

Go claimed that government  support, like the one coming from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is needed to spur sports development.

“We admit that PSC’s support is vital to sports development. Pero alam din natin na hindi lang gobyerno ,kundi pati private sector ang  kailangang kumilos,” added  Go, who  was accompanied in the forum  by coach Ednalyn  Hualda.

Go recalled that Go for Gold’s support in sports  started when several friends approached him for assistance in their competitions abroad.

“We started in cycling. And now we’re trying to help in other sports as well,” said Go.

Among the NSAs which  have benefited from  Go  for  Gold are the Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragonboat Federation (PCKDF), headed  by Jonne Go, and  Philippine Sepak Takraw Association, Inc. (PSTA),led  by  Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.
“In PCKDF’s case, we supported their women’s team which competed in the prestigious 2018  ICF World Dragon Boat Championships in Gainesville, Georgia last September. And I was told most of the gold medals came from mixed  competitions where  the  women competed,” added Go.

The Go for Gold-supported  sepak takraw team also brought home a silver and three bronze medals  in 2018 King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships  in Nakhon Rachasima, Thailand.

Hualda, on  the  other hand, said  Go  for Gold  is now working closely with PhilCycling, heded by Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, for sponsorship of  several  junior competitions aimed at discovering fresh  and  young talents.