Akiko Thomson: Gameplan – the best days of my life

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Akiko Thomson: Gameplan – the best days of my life
Akiko Thomson was the only professional athlete to join Gameplan, bringing a competitive spirit to the show

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

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