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Arjo Atayde champions QC fencing initiative, supports Sam Catantan

Quezon City 1st District Rep. Juan Carlos “Arjo” Atayde pledged last week to support QCSEP, a Quezon City fencing program responsible for producing one of the Filipino athletes going to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

He stressed that support for such programs is necessary “if we want to help Filipino athletes achieve their dreams of competing in the Olympics.”

According to Atayde, a member of the Youth Sports Development Committee in the House of Representatives, “Fencing is one of the many sports that young Filipino athletes can excel in, and we are working with Councilor Joseph Juico to help QCSEP better develop Filipino fencers who can compete not only in local tournaments but also in international competitions.”

Atayde met with Juico, the young fencers of QCSEP, and their parents on May 17 at the legislator’s district office on West Avenue, Quezon City, to discuss ways to help and develop fencers not only from their district but also from cities all over Metro Manila.

“It’s great to know that there’s a grassroots sports program for fencing in Quezon City that develops and nurtures kids from all over Metro Manila. With enough support, QCSEP can produce fencers who excel in the sport and one day win a medal for our country in the Olympics,” said Atayde, who extended financial support for the team’s ongoing programs.

Atayde commended QCSEP for producing a Filipino fencer slated to represent the country in the 2024 Paris Olympics: 22-year-old Barangay Del Monte resident Sam Catantan.

Catantan qualified for the Paris Olympics after winning the gold in the women’s foil event at the Asia-Oceania Zonal Olympic Qualifier last July in the United Arab Emirates.

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She is the first Filipino fencer to qualify for the Summer Games since Walter Torres in 1988.

“QCSEP deserves credit for developing world-class fencers like our very own Samantha Catantan,” said Atayde. “Her qualifying for the Olympics is proof that we should invest time and resources in fencing, which is why we plan to provide support for this sport in our district, and later on the entire Quezon City.”

QCSEP Fencing is a program spearheaded by longtime QC 1st District Councilor Joseph Juico. It was established 18 years ago and is an active advocate of grassroots sports development.

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