After the 48th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) last year which was hosted by Saint Pedro Poveda College, St. Paul College Pasig will be hosting this year’s WNCAA in its 49th season with the theme “Play Bold With a Heart of Gold” scheduled to kick-off today at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Manila.
“Boldness with respect, ethics, responsibility, fairness and teamwork,” said Sr. Dedicacion Rosario, the hosting school’s directress regarding the key emphasis of WNCAA’s theme for its season this year.
“We are motivated by our recent Asian Games gold medal winners to play our best with a lot of boldness and courage,” said WNCAA president Juanita Alamillo of CEU about the recent victory of female athlete Hidilyn Diaz for the weightlifting event.
“We have only three holdovers from last season’s team but we also have new, talented recruits so we are confident that we can get championship number eight,” added Alamillo.
WNCAA, the country’s only tri-level league that showcases the skill of Filipina athletes, will kick off with a basketball tripleheader while volleyball starts on Sunday at the same coliseum.
“Our student athletes have continuous preparations and now that the WNCAA season is here, trainings are more frequent,” said Kathleen Anne Pike, SPCP assistant principal for GIFT (Giftedness Instruction for Talent) Development Program.
All members are required to participate in the basketball, volleyball, cheerdance (midgets) and cheerleading (seniors and juniors) competitions while the hiphop dance event has been unveiled as their new event this season.