Gov. Imee grants financial assistance to London-bound Paralympic athlete
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos handed out a cheque amounting to Php15, 000.00 to Paralympic runner, Mr. Roger Tapia, 21 y/o of Pasaleng, Pagudpud during a press briefing held at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol last August 10, 2012. Tapia will no longer be empty handed in going to London for the incoming 2012 London Paralympic Games.
“I am very happy on how the province is supporting me. I am very thankful to Gov. Imee for she never hesitates to help me and she gives me money whenever I go and compete to other countries. She is always there to give me support. I’m hoping that she will never get tired of helping me,” said Tapia.
Tapia was born with a single arm and a speech defect and according to him he never had any consultations from medical personnel about his condition.
He started being an athlete since he was in his 5th grade. He loved involving himself into sports ever since. He played volleyball, basketball and all kinds of sports but he fell in love most with running events. He also said that he was an IRAA player during his 2nd year to 4th year in high school and he competed for the Palarong Pambansa during his 4th year. It was then that he was discovered for his abilities in athletics.
Tapia clocked 23.56 seconds in the 200m race during the Malaysia Open held last April 2012 which made him a qualifier of the 200m event and he will be competing for the T-46 classification (one-arm amputee) for the 2012 London Paralympics.
His school, the Jose Rizal University and the Philippine Sports Commission are also helping him with his trainings and his travel to London. He is having his training at the Ultra in Pasig City, with his coach, Joel Deriada from Philippine Team.
The London Paralympic Games 2012 is set to begin on August 29 and Tapia will be expected to take off on August 24 with his nine fellow Filipino Paralympians. AIZA MARIE U. VILORA, CMO-PGIN