Gracious in defeat

By: Glendale G. Rosal September 22,2018 - 10:00 PM

Moira Frances Erediano during the criterium race of the Batang Pinoy National Finals in Baguio City | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mighty Moira admits being a ‘brat’ before Batang Pinoy

Baguio City — Multi-titled junior triathlete Moira Frances Erediano has a story to share for athletes who want to be winners like her.

In a post on her social media account, the 13-year-old triathlete from Lapu-Lapu City talked about her recent stint in the Batang Pinoy National Championship in Baguio City, wherein she bagged four silvers and two bronze medals.

Her medal haul wasn’t what she and many others expected, considering the number of titles she has won in the past.

So not winning a single gold in five events she joined came as a surprise.

But the Talisay Luigi Triathlon Group (TLTG) and Team Go for Gold ace, who is known as “Mighty Moira” within the team, explained in a post the reason why she thinks she failed in the multisporting meet. And it’s one that aspiring athletes should take into heart.

“The lessons I’ve learned in this year’s Batang Pinoy National finals are life-changing. I am humbled yet proud. I was initially very sad for not getting that elusive gold but I know God has something better for me. I was a brat in the last few months because I wanted to learn to dance formally, and skipped some training. I gave my papa a headache. It was not until that final awarding ceremony when it hit me that I didn’t get a single gold medal that I realized how I loved triathlon and how I wanted to get another gold medal again,” Moira said in her Facebook post.

While admitting she fell short for being a “brat,” the promising triathlete was also quick to credit the achievements of her teammate in the TLTG, Nicole Marie del Rosario and her former teammate Mariel Estreba.

Both Del Rosario and Estreba represented Cebu Province with the former winning four gold medals and the latter bagging three.

“The winners Nicole and Marielle are very deserving of the golds. They trained hard and they are my friends. It’s their time to shine and I am so proud of them,” said Moira.

But in every fall, expect a champion to rise up again. And this is what Moira is expected to do in coming races starting with one in Cavite today, which is the Compress Sport 2018 Triclub Challenge Triathlon Race.

She and her teammates will be competing in the team relay race of the event.

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