Top table-tennis player Josephine Medina wants to make sure that her golden reign in Southeast Asia continues in this year’s ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur.
Medina, a bronze medalist in the 2016 Paralympics, has been winning ASEAN gold medals since 2003.
This year, she will compete in the singles event, as well as the team event with Minnie de Ramos-Cadag.
All in all, she has collected 12 titles in the biennial event, including a 4 gold medals in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in 2007.
Despite her dominance, Medina isn’t taking the opposition lightly.
“In all my years competing, I never thought of winning the gold first. I just gave it my best and let things happen,” the 47-year-old said. “Good thing for me, I always end up winning the gold medal anyway.”
Thanks to her consistent run of success, Medina has become a source of inspiration for many athletes.
For her efforts, she has also received incentives amounting to P1 million while becoming a priority athlete with a monthly salary of P40,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.
“Before, we were like floating athletes. We only get to train a month or two before a competition,” said Medina, who learned table tennis from his father, Robert, a former national team player, as part of her physical therapy.
“I’m very thankful that our dream is coming true.”
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