By Kyle Encarnacion
Pinay powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta has inspired many through her journey from battling polio to winning the bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Paralympics.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hopes that more Filipinos will draw inspiration and strength from her story, which will be featured in the sports body’s weekly web series, “Rise Up! Shape Up!” on Wednesday.
The decorated athlete started battling adversity at an early age when she diagnosed with polio at 6 years old.
Paralyzed from the waist down, her family made the hard decision to move her to Bahay Mapagmahal-Philippine Orthopedic Center, a place for children with disabilities in Manila where she was exposed to sports and music as part of its rehabilitation program.
Describing her as an inspiration for fellow Filipinos going through hardships, PSC Chairman William Ramirez has lauded Dumapong-Ancheta’s exemplary character and strength.
“Adeline is proof that strength comes from within and it conquers any obstacle. She leaped to glory by becoming the first Filipina to win a Paralympic medal when she won bronze at the 2000 Summer Paralympics. It’s turning pain into power, a beacon of hope for all of us,” said Ramirez.
“Like the current COVID-19 pandemic which can cause life-changing state and conditions of people, incurring physical disability is also a very challenging hurdle to take on. But both pandemic and physical disabilities are barriers that we can overcome,” PSC Commissioner and Women-in-Sports (WIS) oversight Celia H. Kiram said.
Kiram said the sports agency aims to raise social awareness about para-sports and motivate Filipinos regardless of gender to pursue their dreams.
Dumapong-Ancheta’s coach, bemedalled powerlifter Antonio Taguibao, will provide online audience some briefing on the sport of powerlifting, its difference from weightlifting, and some useful techniques.
Taguibao is the only Filipino to clinch the World Masters’ Championship title for four consecutive years.
Resident mindfulness and meditation coach, Ms. Eileen Tupaz of White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio will also lead a guided session on cultivating self-compassion. (AI/FC/MTVN)