Swimmer Gawilan wins 3rd gold in Para Games
SWIMMER Ernie Gawilan won his third gold medal on top of two silvers on Friday in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“I was surprised by my performance and I want to thank my coach Ral Rosario. I was motivated by my grandmother and grandfather who initially took care of me though they were no longer with us. I was eventually raised by nuns and it was in Samal Island where I learned how to swim,” Gawilan said.
Gawilan believes that forgiveness was also a factor in his success. He was told that her mother had an attempted abortion while pregnant with him. Both his parents have already passed away.
“My mother died when I was five months old. I don’t want to dwell on the past. I just want to move on.
Gawilan bagged his third gold after ruling the men’s 400-meter freestyle S7 event in four minutes and 51 seconds on Friday night. He also won the men’s 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter backstroke earlier. He copped the silver medal in the men’s 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle.
He has been an Asian Para Games veteran since the 2010 edition of the meet in Guangzhou, China, where he won nothing. But he brought home three bronze medals from the 2014 Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.
The Philippines finished 11th with 10 gold, eight silver and 11 bronze medals in the quadrennial meet participated in by 43 countries.