From left: UB president Engr. Javier Herminio Bautista, Jenelyn Olsim, and UB Athletics director Alan Elegado
Photo: UB Media Affairs and Publications Office/Rene Pascua
Jenelyn Olsim, a second year AB Political Science student of the University of Baguio (UB), scooped two medals in two international Muay Thai competitions recently.
Olsim pocketed the gold medal in the East Asian Muay Thai Championships 2018 held in Hong Kong last Aug. 16-19. She was also presented the Best Fighter award at the event.
Meanwhile, at the World University Championships held in Thailand last July, Olsim secured the bronze medal, emerging in the top three among the participating athletes from 37 countries. The World University Championships are part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation, the organization responsible for the governance of worldwide sports competitions for student-athletes ages 18 to 27.
Olsim is currently training for the One World Series which will be held in October in Singapore.
Says Olsim, who has been heavily involved in sports playing since high school (she played volleyball, basketball and shot put in high school and now plays a broad range of martial arts sports), “I make it a habit to seek for something new and learn from it.” On dealing with the demands and pressure of sports, she says, “Rest if you must, but don’t quit.”
The lady mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter’s brother, Jerry Olsim, also plays MMA. Jerry competed at the East Asian Muay Thai Championships 2018, winning the silver medal. He is also set to play at the One World Series together with her sister.