Key to this Ironkid’s success: Less screen time, more training

first_imgThe 12-year-old Balderas was the fastest in his age group to complete a 300-meter, six-lap swim and two-kilometer, two-loop run in the Ironkids Philippines on Saturday at WOW Recreation and Activity Center here.Balderas, however, wouldn’t have finished first if he wasn’t disciplined enough to wake up way earlier than his classmates in the morning before school to train and still have the strength to get at it again after in preparation for the aquathlon event he just won.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I trained two weeks before the race in the morning and afternoon. It was hard because I also have classes and I get sleepy sometimes,” said Balderas, who is an incoming Grade 7 student from Baguio City, in Filipino.“It’s all about balance and self-discipline. He swims early in the morning before school then he trains again after school around 4:30 in the afternoon,” said Robert. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And discipline along with values begin at home.“Discipline is very important and one of the things that I always remind him is to sleep early. He needs to be asleep at 9 p.m,” said Vilma.There is a time for everything but more often than not, Jarrel’s mother wants him to not use much of his time on the computer, encouraging him to train more.“I want him to train as often as he could so that he won’t think about using his cellphone or computer as much. And kids these days, they don’t like it when you tell them what to do and what they shouldn’t do so I want it more when he’s training.”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jarrel Balderas is a disciplined IronKid. Photo by Mark GiongcoSUBIC — Most kids spend much of their free time in front of their smartphones or computers.But a few like Rob Jarrel Balderas have their eyes on the finish line rather than glued on a gadget.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Alaska Ironkids Swim Run Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READlast_img