Royg­biv Gu­tier­rez Barro’s road to suc­cess

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS -

Abil­ity is what you’re ca­pa­ble of do­ing, mo­ti­va­tion de­ter­mines what you do and at­ti­tude de­ter­mines how well you do it.

This fa­mous quote stated by Lou Holtz ba­si­cally de­scribes Royg­biv Gu­tier­rez Barro, one of Cebu’s top foot­ball play­ers.

He spent 10 years of his life play­ing this sport com­pet­ing in dif­fer­ent tour­na­ments be it lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional.

At the age of 18, he has man­aged to ac­com­plish a lot in the past years, the most re­ward­ing ones as a con­stant rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Cen­tral Visayas of Re­gion 7 in the Palarong Pam­bansa and as a mem­ber of the I. Pag-Asa Foot­ball Club that has been the cham­pi­ons in the Singa Cup 2014, run­ner up in the Bor­neo Cup 2015 and UFL League 2016.

Barro’s suc­cess i ndeed comes from his undy­ing per­se­ver­ance, drive and ded­i­ca­tion to achieve his goal.

Roy is cur­rently a stu­dent of Sa­cred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.

Be­fore he trans­ferred to this pres­ti­gious school, he was once a hum­ble stu­dent of Don Bosco Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter for eight years. It was there where his pas­sion for foot­ball first started and grew to what it is now.

It started when his 2nd grade phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher asked him to try out for foot­ball. Be­ing the en­er­getic and op­ti­mistic 7-year-old kid, he agreed with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Try­outs then meant rigid prac­tice ses­sions. Then came the tough com­pe­ti­tions where his pas­sion and love for the sport was de­vel­oped and nurtured all the more.

In his eighth year in Don Bosco, he was given the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing the cap­tain of the team. Barro felt grate­ful and priv­i­leged to be given this op­por­tu­nity, but he also had the need to con­sider other op­tions in re­gard to his fu­ture specif­i­cally his aca­demics.

Barro knew he was in a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion since he had to make a choice be­tween choos­ing the huge re­spon­si­bil­ity en­trusted to him or his aca­demics.

Even­tu­ally he made a brave choice to leave Don Bosco and trans­fer to Sa­cred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.

Trans­fer­ring to Ateneo was made more chal­leng­ing be­cause of the fact that he came from a ri­val school. He had to cope with the dif­fer­ent chal­lenges such as ad­just­ing to a new en­vi­ron­ment and cul­ture.

But he con­tin­ued on even if it meant that he would be play­ing against his beloved Don Bosco.

Luck­ily for Barro, ad­just­ing to a new team was not that ar­du­ous since foot­ball was an easy means for peo­ple to get closer. Ca­ma­raderie and sup­port come easy if youareinas­port­that­com­mands team ef­fort and self­less­ness.

What made his sit­u­a­tion more dif­fi­cult though were the peo­ple who couldn’t un­der­stand his de­ci­sion.

Yet even­tu­ally, that heat dis­solved and now he has a civil re- la­tion­ship with his pre­vi­ous team.

Barro is cur­rently in his last sea­son in the Ce­safi. A jour­ney that may have some humps and bumps but was fruit­ful and ful­fill­ing just the same.

Is the young foot­ball wiz­ard sav­ing his best for last by try­ing to winan­oth­er­shin­ingtro­phy­forthe Magis Ea­gles at sea­son’s end? That we still have to see. But one thing is sure though, Barro is one ful­filled and tal­ented foot­ball player in­side and out­side the pitch.

Since his foot­ball jour­ney is draw­ing to a close, Barro, this early, is now set­ting his sights on con­quer­ing the sport of prac­ti­cal shoot­ing.

And by all in­di­ca­tions, this 18year-old will most likely suc­ceed.

It may be the time to say good­bye to fa­mil­iar­ity and em­brace the un­known. And for ev­ery­thing that he has gone through, there’s just no stop­ping this teenager from rul­ing the world with his in­domitable re­silience.


ROYG­BIV Gu­tier­rez Barro (No. 17, blue) played his last foot­ball match yes­ter­day as he pre­pares to fo­cus in an­other sport, prac­ti­cal shoot­ing. The 18-year-old ended his foot­ball ca­reer by help­ing his school, Sa­cred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Ea­gles, clinch the 2018 Ce­safi sec­ondary foot­ball ti­tle via a 1-0 edg­ing of Uni­ver­sity of San Jose Reco­le­tos, Satur­day morn­ing, Novem­ber 10, at the Cebu City Sports Cen­ter.





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