High school student shines in 2011 Skate Asia in Thailand

PARAÑAQUE CITY–After bagging four gold medals in the prestigious 25th Annual Silver Anniversary ISI Team Competition held in New York, 15-year old Jem Aizen Guhit of the Philippine-SM International Skating Rink made a repeat performance in the recently concluded 2011 Skate Asia in Thailand.

Guhit, a high school student from the International Christian Academy in Parañaque City bested other world class skaters from Asia, Middle East and the USA. She got the nod of judges and bagged six gold medals in the following category: Free Style 3 Technical (15-17 Female); Artistic FS3 (15 Female); Foot Works 3 (15-16 Mixed); Themed Spotlight FS 3 (13-15 Female); Rhythmic Ribbon FS3; and Large Team Production together with Filipino skaters.

Jem also bagged a silver medal in the Light Entertainment Spotlight FS 3 and a bronze in the Solo Compulsory FS 3 (14-15 Female).

“Jem Aizen Guhit continues to be a source of pride of the city and a role model for the youth,” said Parañaque Mayor Jun Bernabe.

At the same time, Guhit urged young generation to strive for excellence to gain accomplishments that will make their city proud.

In 2010, the Sangguniang Panglungsod enacted City Resolution No. 11-037 (049) in recognition of Jem Aizen Guhit in the field of ice skating. The city government also awarded her with a plaque of appreciation and cash incentives.

The young Parañaqueña was also hailed as one of the outstanding citizens of Parañaque during the cityhood anniversary last February.

Prior to her stint in this year’s edition of Skate Asia and her debut at Sky Rink, Jem figured well and won medals in the 2010 ISI 30th Annual Skate World Recreational Team Championship; 2009 ISI Skate Hong Kong; SM Summer Skate 2009; SM Skate Manila 2008; SM Summer Skate 2008; and Skate Asia in 2007.

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