Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, on Monday, December 12, congratulated Filipina figure skater Sofia Frank for winning the gold in the Asian Open Figure Skating Championship held in Jakarta, Indonesia from December 7 to 9.
"Ms. Frank’s talent and dedication to her craft are truly inspiring, and it was an absolute pleasure to watch her skate," said Go during his co-sponsorship speech on a Senate resolution congratulating and commending Frank.
"Her graceful movements, impressive jumps, and captivating spins were a joy to behold, and she truly embodied the beauty and artistry of figure skating," he added.
Frank came out on top in the senior women’s category with a combined score of 143.97 points from the short program and the free skate, besting a total of eight other competitors.
Ting Tzu-Han of Chinese Taipei and Joanna So of Hong Kong came in second and third place, respectively, in the category. Meanwhile, another Filipino figure skater Skye Chua came in seventh place overall.
Go said that Frank has brought an incredible amount of pride to all Filipinos with her victory.
"She has shown the world that we are a nation of talented and dedicated athletes, and her success will inspire many other Filipinos to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness," he said.
"Once again, congratulations on your well-deserved victory. Keep reaching for the stars, and never give up on your dreams. We know that you have a bright future ahead of you, and we cannot wait to see what you achieve next," he concluded.
A sports enthusiast himself, Go is an ardent advocate for long-term grassroots sports development. As part of his vision to provide a dedicated academy for promising young athletes, Go had authored and co-sponsored a bill in the Senate which became Republic Act No. 11470 in 2020, establishing the National Academy of Sports System and Main Campus.
The NAS offers a secondary education program with an integrated special curriculum on sports which was developed in close coordination with the Department of Education and Philippine Sports Commission.
The academy is equipped with world-class sports facilities, housing and other amenities on par with international standards. Sufficient number of classrooms and other facilities have also been built at the complex to provide a conducive learning environment for all the students.
To ensure the international competitiveness of the student-athletes, the academy likewise provides services of licensed and internationally-certified foreign coaches, trainers and consultants, duly certified by the PSC.
More recently, the senator also filed his proposed Philippine National Games Act of 2022 to ensure a more inclusive system of promoting promising Filipino athletes who possess potential in various fields of sport to be given an equal opportunity of becoming future contenders in international sporting competitions and cement the country’s status as a “Sports Powerhouse in Asia”.