Romeo Betache Jr., 21, snatched gold in 30 meters and silver in 50 meters. A CTU-Main engineering student, Betache contributed much to Region VII’s record.
Eunice Soliano shined in mixed team category with Betache and raked another silver.
Betache competed against 8 regions with 4 contingents each in his debut appearance at the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Games 2017.
He has been competing at the nationals since high school. Asked about obstacles in the sport, he claimed the wind is a difficult one to match. So, he has to learn how to battle against it.
He added that as to mental setup he never gets satisfied with his performance everytime.
Philippine National Games (PNG), Philippine Archery League (PAL), and Palarong Pambansa are some of the national venues he has engaged in.
A three-time winner in Palarong Pambansa, Betache thinks he has been doing well in the sport introduced by his brother.
It was Labogon National High School that exposed him more to it. Bow and arrow and other equipment were all provided.
Since then his determination to cultivate his talent gains longevity. This time he has to provide for his own.
Being with national archers made him aggressive enough to carve his own legacy in that he has been training students in Cebu Archery Club.
Betache quipped: I regret not being trained by someone because I have been spending much time training others in the past couple of months before SCUAA 2017.
He dreamed of really developing his own skills apart from partially enhancing himself by teaching others.
Nevertheless, he thanked the opportunity which still made him feel one of the best archers in the region.
Engr. Miguelito Lauglaug and Prof. May Valerie Escalera, male and female coaches, insisted on winning through their consistent support to the athletes. (UPO)