By Junex Doronio
August 4, 2022
CEBU CITY — Despite their physical disability and lack of funds, the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) Dragonboat team, which includes a deaf Cebuana, has bagged gold in the recently-concluded 13th International Dragonboat Federation’s Club Crew World Championships in Florida, United States.
The Cebu-based team gathered a total of four golds after dominating the small boat para dragon-1 open, SB/PD2 200-meters, SB/PD-2 2000-meter, and the SB/PD-2500-meter race.
With this feat, the Cebu City Council has passed a resolution honoring PADS Dragonboat Team and Councilor Rey Gealon has asked Mayor Mike Rama to give the team a cash incentive for its latest achievement on the world stage.
In a resolution authored by Gealon, he praised the strong determination of a deaf paddler, Emma Redita, a resident of Sitio San Isidro, Barangay Labangon in this city.
The team underwent rigorous training amidst the pandemic.
He stressed that Redita and the rest of the team’s latest victory have brought “great esteem and prestige to the City of Cebu and an inspiration to the PWD community”.
The councilor said it is up to the Office of the Mayor to determine the amount of cash incentive to the PADS Dragonboat team if the resolution is approved by Rama. (ai/mtvn)