THE Cebu City Dancesport Team bagged 34 gold medals at the Empire State Dancesport Competition at Crowne Plaza Manhattan Hotel in New York on Aug. 11-14.
The team also grabbed 33 gold medals in the Nevada Star Ball Dancesport Championship at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cebu City Sports Commission Chairman Edward Hayco, Dancesports Team Cebu co-founder, said the team achieved more than what was expected.
“Because of the sterling performance of our team, they (judges) wanted us to perform before the professional level to make them see how we do it,” Hayco told Cebu Daily News.
“It feels like an amateur boxer being asked to fight in a Mike Tyson boxing main event. It’s truly an honor,” he added.
The events were participated in by at least 6,000 dancers from all over the world.
The City sent a 10-couple team to the United States early this month to compete in the two events.
“We never asked the city to bring us there but because they trusted us, they sent there and as our way of reciprocating that trust we kept on bagging some gold medals for Cebu’s pride and legacy,” Hayco said.
Dancesport Team Cebu has brought home at least 750 gold medals since it was founded in 1999. /By Edison A. Delos Angeles, Correspondent