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As Special Education Philippines is also about the pursuit of new knowledge, this post is to give an idea about the definition of vaulting and floor exercise in Gymnastics and some trivia about these two exercises.
When I first heard about vaulting from Leyte Palarong Pambansa 2012 athlete and gymnast, Julie Ann Borneo, my past experience told me that it was a location or a place where one stores valuable things like a bank’s vault. So when she instructed me to go to her, I was a little disoriented because I did not observe such a place inside the People’s gym in Pangasinan.
On the other hand, somehow I supposed that the performance I witnessed gymnasts perform on the big floor of the gym accompanied with usually an upbeat tune would be the floor exercise. The almost half of the gym was covered and it seems to be the highlight of the competition as you can hear cheers from different teams in support of their comrade’s presentation.
So what is vaulting?
Vaulting is a verb which means to perform a vault while a vault is an Gymnastics event that both male and female gymnasts perform. This event only lasts a few seconds and requires a vaulting table.
What is floor exercise?
Floor exercises is performed in a mat usually measuring 12 meters by 12 meters. Like vaulting, it is performed by both male and female gymnasts. It lasts for at least 1 and 1/2 minutes and does not require any apparatus to execute it.
Some Trivia about Vaulting and Floor Exercises:
1. The vaulting table can be referred as a vaulting horse some times because before 2001 it looked like a long cylindrical structure like a pommel horse. Found the picture below from Freaking News. Hilarious!
Who is Coach Boy Bandalan to Julie Ann Borneo ? To her she is the trainer who called interested young athletes to train for Gymnastics at Baybay, Leyte.
Who is Coach Boy Bandalan to me? He is A Palarong Pambansa Gymnastics Coach.
But Coach Boy is more than that to different people.
This is not going to be a post on why does he have to be a Pot-pot driver when he is already a Gymnastics coach. This is a post on how a former Palarong Pambansa athlete himself inspired young kids from Baybay, Leyte to come together to Baybay High and learn Gymnastics so that one day they will compete at Palarong Pambansa together with the country’s finest athletes across the nation.
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It took some time to write this post because this is the last part of Special Education Philippines‘ interview with this wonderful, young girl. I am not sure if our paths will ever cross again. I would love to see her perform or accept a medal for the hard work she and the rest of her team has done to reach the Palarong Pambansa. Who knows? Maybe she’ll become one of legendary gymnasts of Leyte? Maybe I might see her in the international arena representing the Philippines? But there’s also the other side of the coin. Maybe I won’t see her anymore.
I first heard of the Power of Now from one of Oprah’s shows. After that I started searching for Eckhart Tolle’s book. I chanced upon a sale at Powerbooks one day and got mysefl an audiobook copy. What I learned from this book is to focus on my life as it is happening Now.
Although our past will influence and shape us and the promise of the future will guide us but the NOW as it is happening is what keeps us focused. And so my next question for our inspiring young athlete is her experience NOW at it is happening at the Palarong Pambansa. When I first saw Julie Ann she was sitting together with her teammates on the left side of the bleachers of the People’s stadium. At first I thought she called the place “vaulting” but apparently vaulting as Wikipedia defines it: “The vault is an artistic gymnastics apparatus, as well as the skill performed using that apparatus. Vaulting is also the action of performing a vault. Both male and female gymnasts perform the vault. The English abbreviation for the event in gymnastics scoring is VT.”
This is my first time to be at the Palarong Pambansa and on the first night Special Education Philippines arrived at Dagupan I heard of a story that inspired me. Since one of my purpose to go to the Palaro2012 is to look for inspiring stories from our own Palarong Pambansa players, I kept on thinking if I will ever have a chance to meet these wonderful persons and hear from their own lips the stories that brought them to the Palarong Pambansa 2012.
The inspiring story I’ve heard is how a young gymnast earned her way to be her city’s representative to be part of the country’s national athletes. These gymnasts practice every day with their coach who trains them every afternoon after he comes from his day job. However, this coach do not have the usual work most coaches do. Do you want to know more about them?
As a blogger, I’ve never been that focused on traffic. Well that statement alone can be attacked in 1001 ways but I always thought that if you’re not my target niche, then its alright if you don’t read my posts because what I write about is for a selected few and I still want to write for my niche because no one else that I know of will actively do so. Stubborn? Not really, because I’m part of the few selected and I hope someone will write for me the same way I am writing to my target niche. One of my mentors said that great ideas are born from problems. You find a problem and offer a solution. Blogging was my solution.
SPEECH OF HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PALARONG PAMBANSA 2012 OPENING PROGRAM
MAY 07, 2012
Nagagalak po akong maparito sa Lingayen, Pangasinan, upang pasimulan ang pinakamalaking sports event sa Pilipinas ngayong taon: ang Palarong Pambansa 2012.
Special Education Philippines was invited to Palarong Pambansa 2012 at Pangasinan as one of the official DepEd bloggers. Arriving at Dagupan on May 6, 2012, we were welcomed by NCR Regional Director Rizalino Jose “Joriz” Rosales and the teachers from Dagupan West Central Elementary School.