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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

16-yr.-old yKalinga is international taekwondo bronze medalist

Updated: May 8

As young as 16, Shallyne Joy Tallog knows how to set and balance her priorities. This is shown in her ability to juggle sports and academics.

On March 12, Shallyne who is a grade 11 student at the St. William’s Academy in Tabuk City represented the country in the 16th Asean Taekwondo Championship held at the Ayala Malls, Manila Bay in Parañaque City.

Nearly 400 athletes, officials, and international referees from the eight country-member association graced the event.

Among these participants, Shallyne shone in the Kyorugi Event under the Junior Women Division and Flyweight Category, snatching the bronze medal for the country.

Consistent Honor Student

While she started Taekwondo when she was 8 years old and has been competing in various tournaments since then, she made sure her academics didn’t suffer.

She’s a consistent honor student since elementary.

Now that she’s in senior high, she is still part of the top 10 of their class even she has to keep training hard in Taekwondo as she doesn’t only join local competitions but also international games.

During the pandemic, she was still able to bring honor to the country as she won gold in the Speed Kicking Asian Online Open Taekwondo and silver during the 1st Global Online Taekwondo Speed Kicking Championship.

Balancing school and taekwondo

The young athlete doesn’t consider dividing her time as a struggle. She relayed to GURU Press Cordillera that her daily routine is only going to school, then to the gym, then home.

“Time management ma’am kaya met, school – gym – balay nak lang gamin ma’am,” she said.

Shallyne is part of the Kalinga Taekwondo Academy.


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