PH Tokyo Paralympians get additional allowance

Beatrice Go

BEMEDALLED. Ernie Gawilan makes his return to the Paralympics.

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After the Philippines’ historic run in the Tokyo Games, the country’s six para athletes hope to sustain the momentum in the Paralympics

The Philippines’ Tokyo Paralympics delegation will get additional financial support as they leave for the quadrennial sports meet that is set to kick off on Tuesday, August 24.

Each athlete, coach, and official will receive an additional P100,000, hiking to P150,000 their total allowance from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Thursday, August 12.

Six para athletes will represent the country in the Tokyo Paralympics.

Wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan (para athletics) was designated to carry the country’s colors in the opening ceremony, while Ernie Gawilan (swimming) will have the same responsibility in the closing ceremony.

Rounding out the team are discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda (para athletics), swimmer Gary Bejino, taekwondo jin Allain Ganapin, and powerlifter Achelle Guion.

“The PSC also added travel allowances to our athletes in the Olympics because of the high cost of living in Japan,” explained PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who traveled to Tokyo to support the athletes in the Olympics with chief of staff Marc Velasco.

The country’s Paralympics delegation is composed of 21 personnel – six athletes, six coaches, two medical team members, PSC commissioner Arnold Agustin, three PSC admin members, Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo, secretary-general Walter Torres, and chef de mission Francis Diaz.

Ramirez also urged Diaz, who is the dean of the College of Human Kinetics (CHK) in the University of the Philippines (UP), to encourage his colleagues to prepare the athletes mentally.

“[I have] asked my colleagues at UP CHK, Professor Marissa Adviento, Marcus Manalo, and Mona Maghanoy to pitch in and help out,” Diaz told Rappler.

“Please try to remember that mental preparation and psychological skills training are long processes similar to technical training, but to give pointers and reminders on having the proper mindset leading to the games, they can provide this.”

According to Ramirez, mental preparation was proven to be a success in the recent Tokyo Olympics. But the PSC chief also reminded the para athletes to “enjoy your game” while in Tokyo.

Kung nag-e-enjoy ka, mas maganda ang pulso mo (If you enjoy what you do, then you’ll be able to do well),” Ramirez told the PSC’s online People Sports Conversations which was attended by the para athletes, Diaz, and their coaches.

The delegation will leave for Tokyo on Sunday, August 22. –

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.