AFTER plucking bronze in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, all eyes are now on Josephine Medina as the 2017 Asean Para Games on Kuala Lumpur draws near.
Medina is among the handful of athletes expected to win as the Philippine Sports Association of the Differently Abled targets a total of 27 gold medals in KL.
With her experience in going up against some of the paddlers in the world last year, it’s no surprise to expectations for Medina are sky high.
The 46 year old parathlete however would just rather keep expectations at a minimum.
“There’s too much pressure kasi lagi nilang ineexpect na you will always win a medal. For me, no matter what happens, di ko naman ine-expect ang medal pero very sure ako na I always do my 101 percent in the games,” said Medina in the formal send-off for the Paraathletes on Monday.
Winning gold medals isn’t new for Medina in the regional meet, having won gold medals for more than 10 times since she starting in the competitions in 2003.
Her team made a huge splash nearly nine years ago in Thailand where the Philippines took home five of the possible six gold medals.
While Medina is happy that para athletes are getting recognition, there is the lack of support from the sports association, with players training on their as the team has not been assigned a coach. Players also say allowances have been delayed for more than a month now.
“They always guarantee for a gold but for me, it’s really hard cause you ask yourself talaga bang nagtrain hard tayo? And we’re training without a coach, while the other team is training with coaches,” Medina added.
“Too much pressure, andiyan ang coach issue, incentive issue, wala kaming allowance kami ni Paolo Catalan but you don’t think for yourself, you fight for your country.”
“It’s hard to assure the medal. Dapat laging God’s will. You ask yourself kung nagtraining ka ba talaga, kahit di ka naman manalo, dapat yo fought a good fight for the games.”