MANILA, Philippines – Paralympic runner Roger Tapia received financial help as he prepares for his campaign in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, which begin on August 29.
Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos handed out a P15,000 cheque to Tapia during a press briefing held at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol last week.
The grant will be Tapia’s pocket money when he spends time in London.
"I am very happy on how the province is supporting me. I am very thankful to Gov. Imee for she never hesitates to help me and she gives me money whenever I go and compete to other countries. She is always there to give me support. I'm hoping that she will never get tired of helping me," said Tapia in a statement.
Tapia was born with a single arm and a speech defect and, according, to him he never had any consultations with medical personnel about his condition.
Tapia clocked 23.56 seconds in the 200m race during the Malaysia Open held last April 2012 which made him a qualifier in the 200m event, and he will be competing for the T-46 classification (one-arm amputee) in the 2012 London Paralympics.
His school, the Jose Rizal University (JRU) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) are also helping him with his trainings and his travel to London.
He is having his training at the Ultra in Pasig City, with his coach, Joel Deriada from the Philippine Team.
The London Paralympic Games 2012 is set to begin on August 29, and Tapia is expected to take off on August 24 with his nine fellow Filipino Paralympians.