Akiko Thomson: Gameplan - the best days of my life
MANILA, Philippines - “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
To be a GAMEPLAN host you have to be fairly athletic. Akiko Thomson broke that mold be being the only professional athlete to host the show. She joined that national swim team at age 12 and had the honour of representing the country in the SEA Games of 1987 and 1991 and the Summer Olympic games of 1988, 1992, and 1996.
She brought this competitive spirit to the show in 2001. With co-hosts, Rovilson Fernandez, Carlo Ledesma, and Tricia Chiongbian, they started joining races while reporting on them too. Experiencing the stories they reported on and covered gave, as well as travelling all over the Philippines, gave GAMEPLAN that edge that attracted viewers. “It’s safe to easy that the audience somehow kinda lived thru the show. In the sense that there were some places we went that some people would never get to. And we brought it to them.”
To see what adventures and experiences the new GAMEPLAN will bring today’s audience, check back here in Rappler, as we bring you the new GAMEPLAN. - Rappler.com
Hosts flashback series
Paolo Abrera: Gameplan. Harder, faster, stronger
Suzi Abrera: Gameplan for a new generation
Rovilson Fernandez: Gameplan 24/7/365
Tricia Chiongbian: My Time in Gameplan
Carlo Ledesma: The Gameplan DNA
Host search series
Gameplan host search: Training day
Gameplan host search: Starting the climb
Gameplan host search: Inez, Ally and Juls hit the water
Gameplan host search: Higher, harder
Gameplan host search: Time to get stoked
Gameplan host search turnover
Gameplan takes the road to Tri
Road to triathlon: Right bike and fit
Road to triathlon: Swim and run better
The road to tri: Watch and training zones
The road to tri: Sports nutrition
The road to tri: Getting to the finish line
The road to triathlon: There’s always a first tri
Gameplan: What's your game face?
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