I know that there really is a Special Olympics, what I didn’t know was, it had already concluded for this year’s event last October 12 (twas my bday pa naman!). Blame it on my busy sked and ever disorganized and chaotic life. And what I didn’t know was we won a total of 53 gold medals until I was able to watch a portion of Kara David’s report last Monday night during my first break.
Naiiyak talaga ako habang pinanonood ang report niya. My heart was filled with so much awe, joy, bewilderment and pride as Kara reported each struggle our special athletes had to go through in order to win. Sobrang na-touch talaga ako kaya sobrang obsessed akong mag-search ng mga info sa internet about the event, to make up for the lost time I spent over non-sense blah blah things sa buhay ko. Sobra talgang naging happy ako.
Going back to Kara’s report, ang napanood ko lang was the gymnastics event, swimming, weighlifting and track and field events. And habang pinanood ko si Christine Joy Galura (gymnast gold medallist), naiiyak talaga ako kasi she had wowed the audience sa gymnasium. Partida pa ‘yan dahil sobrang hagad sa training ‘yan at wala talagang technically-qualified training na na-attend-an ‘yan. And of course, si Louie Decolongon (bench press gold medallist) naman was the smallest among the contenders, pero, hello, nakuha pa ang gold medal!
I would have to give it to Kaye Samson (Philippine head coach), all coaches and all people who have been supporting and loving these special people. I think this serves as an eye opener na we should really put more money, devote more time and give more priority sa mga activities and schools for special people.
Such honor. “I know I can” was the theme for the 9-day event. How apt. Because we know they can. They made it!