Javelin Thrower Jenelyn Arle, 18 is playing her first and last time in the ASEAN School Games.
She was born September 2, 1996 in Victoria, Northern Samar. Arle is currently a 3rd year sports science student at the University of the Philippines. She is coached by William Ortiz.
Arle began off at the Milo Little Olympics Champion in 2010 and 2011 in the Javelin. At the more challenging Palarong Pambansa she won the Bronze medal the following year.
Arle finished with the Bronze medal in the Javelin at the UAAP.
Arle personal best of 39.39m came at August 31 this year during the weekly relays, she is currently ranked #5 in the Philippines on the senior ranking lists. Part of a new exciting bumper crop of young Filipina javelin throwers who are emerging including Evalyn Palabrica of (FEU) and 15 year old Cerah Moren (Fil-Heritage).
Arle goes into the competition knowing she will throw a bit further with the 500 gram as her best performance is with the 600 gram.
When asked why she took up Javelin.
I throw javelin because i enjoy the challenge of learning it. steps in throwing the jav aren’t that easy to learn. i myself do not perfect the steps yet until now and try different techniques over and over again. and i have this goal to beat Evalyn Palabrica before i graduate.
She has mutual respect for Palabrica who she has not been able to beat for three years in college. The National Junior Record Holder and member of the training pool is both the idol and rival for Arle.
Arle, would like to have a good performance here, if not win a medal at least throw over 42m with the lighter javelin. She is hoping that her debut for the Philippines could eventually lead to becoming a member of the national team one day.