FURTHER underscoring that in sports and in life anything is possible, one-stop fitness center Santé Fitness Lab (SFL) recently held the “Langoy Pinoy 30 Minute Swim Challenge” to benefit the country’s paralympic athletes.
Held at the Vermosa Sports Club in Imus, Cavite, the swim challenge was composed of several categories with varying difficulties, namely, “Swimmers,” “Triathletes,” and “Masters,” as well as people from different age groups ranging from 13 to 50 upwards.
To win the competition, participants must swim the most laps in 30 minutes.
The event served as a fund-raising program in support of the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled — National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (PHILSPADA), apart from having young swimmers enjoy a day of fun-filled activities in the company of professional sports athletes, including Olympian swimmer Jessie Lacuna and professional athlete Bea Grabador.
Arnel Aba, a record-breaking national para athlete, triathlete, swimming coach, and member of the PHILSPADA team, emerged as one of the winners for the “Masters” category.
He said PHILSPADA joined the event to inspire people to push through life with discipline and perseverance.
“We are doing this because we want to encourage other people with disabilities to never give up and, show their talents to the world. Our handicaps do not define us. We can do so much more if we just try our best in whatever we do,” said Mr. Aba.
He was seconded by PHILSPADA national coach Tony Ong, saying “We want to include everyone in our programs, whether they are able-bodied, or with physical and mental disabilities, especially the young generation.
PHILSPADA is the national sports association for physically-impaired athletes which aims to counter discrimination by developing the physical well-being, self-respect, and confidence of PWDs through sports-related programs and, showcase their skills to the world.
Santé Fitness Lab, meanwhile, provides holistic and innovative fitness programs from professional and everyday athletes, as well as sports rehabilitation programs for the achievement and maintenance of optimal human performance. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo