Pinay shoots for 13th gold in Para Games
KUALA LUMPUR – Rio Paralympics bronze medal winner Josephine Medina hopes to stamp her class anew when the ASEAN Para Games begins tomorrow at the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex here.
Afflicted by poliomyelitis since childhood, Medina, 47, will be going for her 13th gold medal in table tennis competition of the biennial meet among 11 nations.
Despite her past achievements, Medina is not taking the field lightly, saying: “I know my opponents are also tough and nothing is really certain.”
A native of Oas, Albay but who grew up in Marikina City, Medina will be playing in the team event with Minnie de Ramos-Cadag.
For her Rio Games feat, Medina received an incentive amounting to
₱1 million while becoming a priority athlete with a monthly salary of
₱40,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.
She stands to receive a cash incentive of ₱150,000 if she will win another gold.
“We’re like floating athletes before because we only get to train if there’s competition,” said Medina, who was introduced to the sport by father Roberto, a former national team player, as part of her therapy.
Like Medina, De Ramos-Cadal is also a well-decorated athlete having won a gold and silver in the event.
Medina recalled being neglected by TATAP to be part of the regular national team because of her disability.
“I was winning medals in the National Open and age-group but they didn’t accept me because of my disability,” she recalled. “Maybe it was a blessing in disguise because I wouldn’t be given this opportunity if it hadn’t happened.”