While there’s no doubt that the Philippines is home to some impressive professional athletes, it’s also overflowing with incredibly talented youngsters ready to follow suit. For these young athletes, it’s only a matter of time until they make a huge impact in their own respective sports—that is—if they haven’t already.
Check out this list of Filipino athletes who, at a young age, are already a force to be reckoned with in the world of Philippine sports.
Rishelle Anne Raine Callera & Aishel Cid Evangelista (Swimming)
At only seven years old, these two have managed to make an impact in national swimming as we know it! Callera and Evangelista were both impressive standouts in the Asean Midget Meet with both being awarded Most Outstanding Swimmer! In total, their team, the Philippine Swimming League tankers, won a total of 12 medals—two golds and one bronze belonging to Callera, while one gold and one silver was won by Evangelista.
Echo Laure (Basketball)
Following the footsteps of his father Eddie Laure of PBA fame, Echo is already a promising player at fourteen. Currently, he is one of the standouts of the Jr. NBA and is the recipient of the boys’ Alaska Amabassador Award. Today, the 14-year old prodigy plays for the NU Bullpups, where his skills are key for the team’s success in the UAAP. More importantly, Echo is well on his way to continue the Laure hoop legacy his father started.
Tara Borlain (Triathlon)
Borlain is a fourteen year-old triathlete and a go-getter. Because of her hard work, perseverance, and love for what she does, she’s already earned herself an astonishing four titles as an Alaska Ironkid, three of which were consecutive. She is also one-third of the famous Borlain sisters in the triathlon scene, the other two being champions in their own divisions as well.
Mary Flor Diaz (Weightlifting)
Olympic silver-medalist Hidilyn Diaz was serious when she swore to nurture young talents in the weightlifting scene in Zamboanga! One of her cousins, Mary Flor, is already onto a promising career, starting her career as early as eight years old—three years younger than the starting age of her Ate Hidi! Now at 17, she recently got herself three golds in the 48-kg division at this year’s PRISAA National Games. As part of the young lifters from Zamboanga continue to do better and better in competitions every year, the future is very bright for young Mary Flor.