ACTOR Derek Ramsay is determined to represent the Philippines well in this year’s World Championships of Beach Ultimate in Plage de la Grande Conche in Royan, France that he declined to accept movie offers this year to participate in the quadrennial event.
Ramsay is part of the Philippine team called the Boracay Dragons that will see action in the world championships of frisbee which will be held on June 18 to 24, where he is eyeing no less than a gold medal in the event following a second-place finish in the open division by the squad in 2011.
Ramsay said he is determined to contribute for the Philippine team, that he didn’t accept any offers to do movies. His mother network, TV5, was also supportive of Ramsay’s endeavor.
“Kaya hindi ako tumanggap ng pelikula this year,” said Ramsay in an interview with reporters following the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Academy basketball camp with the Philippine national team at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum where he is the special guest.
“Wala akong gagawing pelikula and my network TV5 is really supportive. They agreed to allow me to go to this adventure and see if we can get that gold in the world championship sa frisbee.
“Wala munang pelikula until the end of June,” he added.
The movie and TV star said he is motivated to perform in the world championship especially now that he is already 40 years old.
“I played both grass and beach and I just turned 40 in December so maraming nagsasabi, matanda ka na Derek and it’s really hard chasing kids who live in the beach.
“Pero we joined a tournament in Ilocos, I played in it and the coach asked me if I want to take part and ask me if I can give it one last chance and go for the gold. I gave some thought and I accepted,” Ramsay said.
Ramsay is actually not new to the sport, having represented the Philippines in the world championships in the beach and grass frisbee three times in each division.
Last year’s grass championship, however, was his last, Ramsay said, and the actor is dead set on training for the beach that could also be his final one. For two weeks, Ramsay has been training and Boracay and is bound to return to the paradise island next week.
Thirty-nine countries will participate in the world championship and Ramsay expressed confidence with the chances of the Boracay Dragons in the competition.
“Kilalang kilala ang Pilipinas pagdating sa beach. Sikat sila all over. Teams fly in all over in April to play in the Boracay Open and try to beat the Dragons and hindi pa sila natatalo,” said Ramsay.
Ramsay said the local frisbee organization will announce the final line-up next week.