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11-year-old climber from Cagayan wins gold in California, USA competition

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

Cagayan, Philippines – An 11-year-old from Tuguegarao City, Cagayan won a gold medal in the recently concluded Climbing Sports Regionals in California, America.

Sofielle Prajati “Praj” Aquino Dela Cruz, the youngest member of the Philippine National Climbing Team, said she was seven years old when she started competing in climbing sports.

In her interview with Philippine Information Agency - Quirino, Dela Cruz related she was inspired by her parents who are both mountaineers and rock climbers.

Called the "Prajmatic at Spiderwoman Pride ng Cagayan," Dela Cruz joined various sports climbing categories such as rock climbing, bouldering, and wall climbing.

The female athlete previously secured the second spot in the Flagstaff Local Competition in Beta Bouldering Gymnasium in the USA.

Dela Cruz also placed third in the USA Climbing Local Competition Block Rock Boulder gym in Pnoenix, Arizona.

Further, she was second in the National Ninja League Movement Laboratory (NNL-ML) in San Dimas, California.

Dela Cruz, an advocate of women empowerment, encouraged other females to set a goal for themselves and focus on it.

“If it’s something you love, it’s something you achieve. I say that because if you don’t love it, then why would you do it? If you do, just do anything you can to achieve that certain thing. So, my thing is, just keep on going, never quit,” underscored the young athlete.

Though she now lives in Irvine, California, Dela Cruz wishes to be able to go back to Cagayan and climb the mountains in the said province.


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