8-year-old boy wins 2 golds in PSC Paragames
EIGHT-year-old Gabriel Lumani of Indahag Elementary School was able to brought home two gold medals and also the heart and respect of his fellow persons with disabilities and parents at the close of the third at final leg of the 2018 “Differently-Abled Sports 4 LIFE” Paragames Saturday at the Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Sports Centre.
Lumani, who is categorized under partial visual impairment and competes in the athletics Elementary category, has a malformed face that affected his eyes and his vision but displays a competitive spirit and is actively participating in running events.
“Masaya ako kasi ginagawa niya ang lahat para manalo, nalulungkot kasi siya kapag nabibigo kaya nandun ‘yung determinasyon ni Gab,” said Lumina’s mother Catherine, who also revealed that her son was checked by a Korean specialist for a possible facelift when he reaches the right age for operation.
Even Lumani’s SPED Teacher and coach Shalom Joy Magno is inspired by Gab’s persistence.
“He (Gabriel) is very inspired. He really wanted to learn and excel in sports. Gusto talaga niyang mayroon siyang maiuwi na medalya at pagkatapos very proud siya sa sarili. Nagtatampo at malungkot siya kapag hindi nakakakuha ng medalya sa tuwing sasali sa tournament. Kahit bronze medal ang makuha ni Gab masaya na siya,” said Magno of Lumani, who was able to reach and compete in the Palarong Pambansa regionals.
Lumani won in the 100-meter dash Friday and took his second gold medal in the standing long jump Saturday. He won a silver medal when he was still a Grade 2 student in the Palaro Northern Mindanao Regional last July.
In other sports, Jake Cabilao of CDO National High School took four golds in the swimming competition to become the most medaled athlete in the grassroots sports development program of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Cabilao won gold medals in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly category.
Children with intellectual disability Jamie Dapat of West City Central School also took home two gold medals in the girls 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke while Mariell Ann Olivina of Bulua National High won two golds in the girls 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. — A.O.