St. Benilde athletes need not go far to train

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    ATHLETES of La Salle-College of St. Benilde have a new home: an impressive multi-story building housing a 64-room dormitory, a state-of-the art fitness center, a basketball gym, dining hall, and a 25-meter, seven-lane swimming pool.

    Built at a cost of P400 million, mostly through funds raised by school alumni, the facility located near the CSB School of Design and Arts was inaugurated last Monday in simple ceremonies led by Bro. Edmundo Fernandez, CSB president, and graced by former student athletes of the institution.

    Among them were wushu athlete Agatha Kyrstenzen Wong, a double gold medalist in the last 30th Southeast Asian Games; 2016 Rio Olympic Games veteran and taekwondo jin Kirstie Elaine Allora, and SEA Game silver medalist Lara Posadas Wong.

    All three were among those cited during the affair for their outstanding contributions in their respective sports in international competitions.

    “Our student athletes can now have a place they can call home. This is the home of the CSB Blazers,” noted CSB sports director and former national taekwondo team mainstay Stephen Fernandez, who added that some of the athletic scholars have began moving in since last month.

    “It is a milestone that this complex is being launched today because it is really hard to be a student and being an athlete at the same time. It will be a great boost to the current student athletes of CSB,” said Wong, who graduated from the institution in 2018 with a degree in consular and diplomatic affairs.