The Philippine Rowing Team has once again brought pride to the country as they bagged numerous medals across different tournaments at the 2019 Asian Rowing Coastal Championships in Thailand. Members of the team brought home one gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze medal at their latest bout. This was in addition to the three gold medal they won at the 30th SEA Games last year.
Since getting back to the Philippines, the team has been working on bringing in more attention to the sport through promotions in schools and different provinces across the country. They are trying to make rowing more accessible to others considering the strict qualifications to become a member of the Philippine Rowing Association. These include a height requirement of at least 5’6 for women or at least 5’11 men, along with a training schedule of three times a day from Monday to Sunday. This is all part of their efforts to recruit more members for the 31st SEA Games scheduled for 2021.
For the athletes, the challenge and the goals they set stand tall as motivation to train and get better. On starting their impossible, coaches and athletes gave some inspiring and heartfelt advice to spread their passion for the sport.
“Kung mas pinaghuhusayan ng kung sino man yung may pangarap, kung pinaghuhusayan na nila ngayon, mas paghusayan pa para maabot yung mga talagang gusto nila. [Whoever has a dream, if they are working hard, they should work harder to achieve it.]” – Cris Nievarez, 30th SEA Games Gold Medalist for lightweight men’s single sculls
The Philippine Rowing Association is one of the country’s national teams using the 29-seater Coaster turned over by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) last December 2019. This transportation support is part of TMP’s efforts to help Philippine national athletes reach their fullest potential through mobility.
The Coaster was also used by other national athletes who competed in the recently concluded SEA Games where the Philippines topped the overall rankings.
“This is a big help to Philippine sports, especially to our athletes, coaches and officials. It offers mobility, convenience and comfort especially when commute is difficult. The POC will see to it that it benefits as many of our national teams as possible,” says POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
“As the Official Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner, Toyota takes pride in harnessing the power of movement to achieve dreams and change lives,” says Ms. Cristina Arevalo, TMP’s First Vice President for Brand & Product Planning. “We further realize the Start Your Impossible philosophy “Mobility for All” by empowering our athletes with the Philippine Olympic Committee’s new Toyota Coaster. We hope to make transportation easier and more convenient for the country’s best athletes and representatives.”