Polio victim powerlifter aims for another medal; inspires and helps others

Image capture of video by GSMP via U.S. Embassy, Manila, PH' Facebook post

“We know we can compete and we can defend whatever we’ve won before. We also know that we shouldn’t just match, but also surpass the records we’ve had in the past. We intend to give our all every time,” – powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta.

Although a veteran and already a medalist of numerous competitions, Ifugao native Adeline “Adz” still feels the thrill as she prepares for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia which commences on September 17 and concludes on September 23.

Adz, a 43-year-old polio victim, is once again competing in the +85 kg category of women’s powerlifting. She said: “I know that in a few years time, I’ll be retiring. I told myself that if I don’t win a medal in the ASEAN Para Games level, I think that should be the time that I step away and make a graceful exit.”

Adz is looking forward to add another gold medal to her already massive collection. At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, her bronze medal win in the +82.5 kg category opened the gates not only for her but for other differently abled athletes as sports officials and sponsors started to value them more.

In an article by Inquirer, it was mentioned that Adz is also delighted to see that the Philippine paralympic movement has evolved since she first started in 1997.

“I’m glad to see that in terms of support for the athletes, the interest for disability sports have gone up. We’ve gone a long way and I’m proud to say that I was part of that journey. Looking back to those days that we didn’t have uniforms and any formal training, to what it is today where we get whole year training and allowances, I’m just glad for everything that has been given to us,” she said.

Watch a video shared on Facebook by U.S. Embassy, Manila Philippines about Global Sports Mentoring Program (GSMP) and how Adz and others were helped and became a big part of it:

Meanwhile, let’s send prayers and wishes of good luck to our ASEAN athletes. Powers for you, Adz!