New Kids on the Blog

Andrew Pirie and Airnel Abarra have started a new athletics website, Pinoy Athletics. Primarily focused on the most relevant issues on Filipino track & field, the site will also dish out articles on the wider international scene.

Originally associated with Moriel Carreon’s Pinoymiler, the duo had branched out from their roots to cover a wider range of topics.

Click this link to learn more about Pirie and Abarra

Pirie, with his impressive grasp of track & field statistics, is popularly known as the “Ernie Baron of Philippine Athletics.” The Filipino-New Zealander is a sprinter who has represented Mapua Insitute of Technology in our local NCAA. He is currently based in Australia, occasionally flying over to Manila to compete.

Armed with a Master’s Degree in Human Movement Science, Abarra is well-schooled in the science of sport. The Laguna-born Airnel is a public school teacher. His one-man coverage of the 2012 Palarong Pambansa athletics events rivaled even those from established media outfits.

Read: “Thoughts on the 2012 Palarong Pambansa”

With Pinoy Miler and Pinoy Athletics as its one-two punch, Philippine track & field now has a more potent web presence.

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8 responses to “New Kids on the Blog

  1. pinoyhalfmiler July 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Good luck guys! im proud of your accomplishments.

  2. Sam Goldberg July 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Pinoyathletics(Pirie) wrote—“However the three Filipina entries in the 400m Josie Malacad, Lorna Olarita and Keizel Pedrina all made it through to the finals. It has probably been the best part of a decade to fifteen years possibly longer since we have had three filipina 400m runners make a final at an invitational overseas event.”

    While Pinoyathletics–”envision this site as the most trusted and reliable source of news and commentaries regarding Philippine Athletics and in the international scene. Pirie is quick to leave out the engine and force behind the “appearently historic accomplishments, namely the coach who envisioned it–against all odds. Clearly Pirie, for personal reasons which are not appropriate for this site’s format, has no wish to not fully disclose to his readers both the historic and international aspects of this contribution to Philippine excellence in athletics, which he claims to promote? Finally, I refer to his conclusions on the future of the Philippine women’s 4x100m for the 2015 SEA Games in his 1st post of Pinoyathletics, which I totally disagree with. I have no doubt I can do the same with the PI’s women sprinters as I have done with the women 400m runners(and men’s 800m runners).

    Pinoyathletics’ writing off of the Philippines women sprinters really suggests a writing off of the Philippines best women sprinters and coaching talents without saying so, while failing to disclose a ready, willing and able positive alternative, which Pirie is well aware of suggests Pinoyathletics might want to add the qualities of full disclosure and a capacity for giving due credit when it is deserved. Well, as one of my facebook readers recently commented “Welcome to the Philippines”

    Respectfully, Coach Sam Goldberg

  3. pinoyhalfmiler July 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    @Coach Sam: I find it unusual for a coach to demand equal billing in sports write ups. I cant even recall the names of the coaches of David Rudisha (800m WR holder) and Asbel Kiprop (2011 1500m world champion), because they are hardly mentioned in the news. Anyway, dont take it personally. In fairness, Andrew didn’t also mentioned the coaches of 2nd placer Josie Malacad and 3rd placer Lorna Olarita.

    Don’t expect any glorious write up for the coaches if the meet was just a national open, unless there are Philippine records or Asian records involved (which I also doubt). Loralie Sermona broke the women’s hammer throw at the PNG last May, then again this month, but her coach. was hardly mentioned.

    If the meet they participated was an Asian Championships or Asian Games, I guess it will be a different story. Specially if they medal.

    Can you also expound on your “Welcome to the Philippines” comment?

    • Sam Goldberg September 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      pinoyhalfmiler asked, Can you also expound on your “Welcome to the Philippines” comment?
      On June 22, 2012 I posted a complaint on Pinoymiler(now deleted) and on Pinoyathletics (now deleted) over PATAFA head coach poaching my athletes for his team, based on the original warning from Pirie Andrews back in late-April,2012.

      In response, coaches Antonio Portenciano and Mike Palez offer these replies below (also since deleted). Here is my reply (now deleted) and those of coach”s Portenciano and Palez (now deleted) replies as well as Pirie’s original article, which he has also deleted:

      Pirie Enzo commented on your post in Pinoymiler.
      Pirie Enzo5:29am Jun 27at the end of the day it is the decision of the athlete. Whether they want to be poached or not. As coaches we do not own the athletes and we cannot control there final decision.

      It is courteous and shows good intention if a coach approaches the existing coach first. But this doesnt always happen, usually the athlete will inform there current coach of what there decision is.

      If a coach is poaching an athlete using deceitful means then eventually the athlete will realize this and reconsider there decision.
      Comment History
      Mike Pelaez5:40pm Jun 23welcome to the Philippines coach sam
      Antonio Potenciano Jr.4:53am Jun 23It’s always happened that way.Original Post
      Sam Goldberg8:14pm Jun 22″Regarding Pirie Enzo’s comments below on coaches soliciting athletes:

      “I hope the practice of coaches going around asking athletes to join there group without the courtesy of asking or atleast informing the existing/current coach first comes to a stop soon. I have heard several complaints already from athletes. Especially when their established training methods leads to several injuries for the athlete.”

      Most recently I have had this same experience as three of my athletes, PNG gold medalists Keizel Pedrina, Michelle Latorte and silver medalist Wenlie Maulas, were approached by a head coach of the national team requesting they leave my team and join with them, without the above stated courtesies. This seemed to have a negative effect on these athletes.

      I think this issue of coaches “salting” their mines to keep their positions, while their supervisiors (obviously) condone such behavior as a legitimate means for keeping non-productive coaches in place at the national level, may deserve as much attention as you have continually reported concerning un-productive athletes that are likewise kept on the national team. Any thoughts on this Pirie?” on Pirie Enzo’s timelineView Post on Facebook · Edit Email Settings · Reply to this email to add a comment.

  4. pinoysprinter July 18, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I don’t usually comment online. But things are getting not good with all of these uncalled for comment from a certain Coach. I totally agree with @pinoyhalfmiler’s response. Since we are in the Philippines, i will cite an example here. Not even my previous coaches who helped me broke and set collegiate & national records forcefully or even jokingly told me to include or mention them in all my interviews & news articles. My recent coach, based from the USA, is a VOLUNTEER coach only, even spent for his airfares in going back here in Manila several times, and spent a lot for my food, gas and medical expenses in California for a total of 5 months of my stay there. And yet, he never ever collected or asked me to refund this, and also never ever asked me to give credit to him publicly. But as an athlete and a good Filipino, i made it sure to do my own effort of giving credit where credit is due. Respect begets respect. Simple but meaningful. If you are a great athlete or a great coach, your accomplishments and character will make a legacy for you.

    Ralph Waldy Soguilon

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  6. pinoyathletics July 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    I posted this on pinoyathletics on July 17, but reposting it

    1. Sam wrote – “While Pinoyathletics–”envision this site as the most trusted and reliable source of news and commentaries regarding Philippine Athletics and in the international scene. Pirie is quick to leave out the engine and force behind the “appearently historic accomplishments, namely the coach who envisioned it–against all odds.”

    This article is about the athletes. not the coaches. You seem to not just be asking to be acknowledged by the media for the improvements you got with these athletes, but claiming its a great injustice u havent been. Did josie malacad’s coach demand recognition or any of the other coaches of the athletes mentioned? I have never encountered a coach in fifteen years of athletics,who asks to be mentioned and promoted in news media when the spotlight is on the athletes. I will acknowledge you got improvements from these athletes but i will not go into any further detail as i do not mention coaches in this article at all.

    2. “Clearly Pirie, for personal reasons which are not appropriate for this site’s format, has no wish to not fully disclose to his readers both the historic and international aspects of this contribution to Philippine excellence in athletics, which he claims to promote?”

    Lets not go into personal reasons this is a public forum. Again this article is about the athletes and a 4×4 team and not being used to promote coaches.

    3. “refer to his conclusions on the future of the Philippine women’s 4x100m for the 2015 SEA Games in his 1st post of Pinoyathletics, which I totally disagree with. I have no doubt I can do the same with the PI’s women sprinters as I have done with the women 400m runners(and men’s 800m runners).”

    While its not clear in the article, i mention 2013 not 2015 for womens 4×100, we dont know if it is possible or not to have a relay team by 2015. With what is currently available i say no. As development is not just based on coaching but what athletes we have available to train up. As of now we are very far from the standards that i think it will take more than a year to turn this around so 2015 is not out of the question.

    4. Pinoyathletics’ writing off of the Philippines women sprinters really suggests a writing off of the Philippines best women sprinters and coaching talents without saying so, while failing to disclose a ready, willing and able positive alternative,

    I have presented plenty of evidence based on statistics why it is a more viable alternative. If you re-read my article you will see the points.

    a) Most of are best Filipino female Sprinters are filams from the last 7 or so years are based in the states. E.g. Griffey, Hedgepeth, Apelar so how are they going to be able to practice relay changes?

    b) You seem to fail to realize PATAFA/PSC etc have limited funds and resources at this stage. If the choice comes down to funding a 4×1 and 4×4. The 4×4 is the one which is more likely to succeed and less of a risk factor.

    c) Any Foreign based Filipinos (Griffey, Apelar, etc…) who are also credible 400m runners do not need to practice changes as the 4×4 is more reliant on raw speed.

    d) To focus limited resources into a 4×4 which is capable of the silver medal at the sea games and gold for 4×4 2015 seems like a better plan than the risk of putting funds into an incomplete 4×1 team. I have mentioned six names for are 4×4 lineup, which has involved very careful research with the said athletes. Whereas you have not presented any possibilities for a 4×100 lineup???. I would like to know which sprinters you would propose compose a womens 4×100 lineup.

    -Pirie Enzo

  7. Pingback: 2012 Three Filipinas in the Womens 400m Final in Vietnam Open (rev 3) | pinoyathletics.com

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