TAGUM City Davao - Trexie dela Torre wants to climb out of poverty the same way she rose from eighth place to win the girls' long jump gold in the 2016 Batang Pinoy at the Sports and Tourism Complex here.
The Negros Occidental native said she draws inspiration from a number of athletes who succeeded in giving their families better lives by excelling in sports.
"Kahirapan po ang nag-inspire sa akin. Mahirap po kasi kami," Dela Torre told Spin.ph after pulling the rug from under Myla Prince Repedro, the favorite to clinch the gold medal in the girls 13-15 long jump.
"Nakita ko po mga athletes nagte-training tinry ko po na mag-training rin."
From the 14-year old's grit and determination alone, she is bound to leap to new heights.
Dela Torre finished eighth in the elimination round, just enough to earn a trip to the final round, but saved her best for last.
The teenager from Romanito Maravilla National High School leapt to a distance of 5.17 meters in the finals - enough to beat Repedro from Dasmarinas City, Cavite (5.15m).
Her fellow Negros Occidental player Franzine Alama wound up third with 4.93 meters.
"Masayang-masaya po ako," she said after winning her first medal in just her second Batang Pinoy stint.
Now, Dela Torre hopes this medal, in time, could also be her golden ticket to the life she dreams to have in the future.
"Tingin ko po ito ang mag-aangat sa amin sa kahirapan. Training lang ng training," she said.