BEMEDALED paralympic athlete Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta will be the guest in the 11th session of the online Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) summit this week and will spotlight para athletes and inclusivity in sports.
Happening on Wednesday, April 28, powerlifter Dumapong-Ancheta will share her experiences as a long-time member of the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) advocating the rights of differently abled athletes like her.
One of the pioneering athletes in the para sports scene in the country, Ms. Dumapong-Ancheta has always been pushing the paralympic movement locally and for para athletes to be given their fair due.
“She is one of our most accomplished athletes who never relinquished their causes, especially in the area of inclusivity and disability. It is a must for this sports summit to include our para athletes who play a big role in Philippine sports,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez of the upcoming session.
Ms. Dumapong-Ancheta is a four-time Asian Para Games silver medalist and seven-time ASEAN Para Games gold medalist.
She is also the first-ever Filipino to earn a medal in the Paralympic Games in 2000 in Sydney, and represented the country further in Athens (2004), Beijing (2008), London (2012), and Rio (2016).
Ms. Dumapong-Ancheta also figured prominently in lobbying Republic Act 10699, or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act, signed in 2015.
Apart from doing well in sports, Ms. Dumapong-Ancheta is musically inclined and heads the musical performing group, Rondalla On Wheels, and is a board member of Tahanang Walang Hagdanan in Cainta, Rizal.
The PSC summit is aimed at taking insights of different sports stakeholders and using those as foundations in crafting a sustainable and workable short to long-term plan for Philippine sports.
All data gathered from the web series will be processed and studied to create a new set of resolutions to be presented to sports leaders for action.
Session 11 of the National Sports Summit starts at 1 p.m. via Zoom. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo