UAAP two-time Athlete of the Year Jessie Khing Lacuna is fulfilled to share his passion for swimming in his amazing five-year career in Ateneo.
Lacuna is leaving the UAAP with five titles, 35 UAAP medals and two Athlete of the Year awards for individual sport in 2016.
But more than the awards, titles, and records set, sharing his talent and showcasing the sport of swimming gives the 25-year-old swimmer with more fulfillment.
“Joining the UAAP, all I want is just to share my passion, all I want is to share my talents with everyone else. Parang as much as possible, parang platform ‘to eh to showcase our talent,” the Pulilan, Bulacan native said.
“Yun talaga ang gusto kong mangyari. Hindi lang basketball, volleyball or football. We have swimming, we have other sports to watch,” he added.
Lacuna felt that he made an impact and contributed in promoting the sport of swimming through the recognitions he got in in his five UAAP playing years and for the national team.
“I guess so. Hearing my name and seeing my name in the newspapers. I guess naman siguro kahit papaano nagkaroon tayo ng impact hindi lang sa UAAP but also sa Philippine sports,” he said.
As he ended his five-year UAAP career, Lacuna is now shifting his focus to a Singapore open tournament this June in preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games, where he is seeking to join six events.
He will be training in Australia from August to November.