I competed in the Gracia Cup Budapest Hungary 2021 and was awarded the Silver Medalist – Ball category. This was my first international rhythmic gymnastics for the year 2021.
I undergo rigid training with my coach Ms. Dora Vass. She is the best coach ever! Studying under her I have had the opportunity to compete and win in many international competitions.
As a rhythmic gymnast, I have taken different pieces of training to enhance my abilities as a gymnast and to boost my confidence.
I am so grateful for the opportunities provided to me including being able to join local and international competitions. I was very grateful too that the efforts resulted in winning many competitions.
How did you get started?
I started training to be a gymnast when I was 7 years old and started competing when I was 9 years old. I won 3rd place in freehand and my parents were really proud of me. Eventually, I was able to compete in nationals. It was really scary at first but watching the gymnasts from other regions helped me get the hang of it. I also got to make many friends which made it a really fun experience.
About that time my family decided to move to Manila, the capital of the Philippines so that we could have a better life. It was a hard decision to make because it meant that we had to leave everything behind and start a new life in a completely different city. It was very difficult in many ways. Making friends in school and in the gym made adjusting a little easier.
I began training under a new coach and started competing internationally. My first competition abroad was in Malaysia. I was so nervous at first but calmed down and placed 11th which wasn’t bad. I was really happy that I got to compete abroad.
How did homeschooling help you achieve your goal?
I started homeschooling since I was in the 7th grade and it’s been a really big help especially because a professional athlete has a very hectic training schedule. But since I started homeschooling, I have been able to compete in many more competitions and have been blessed to win more medals. As a learner, I can do my studies at my own pace although I have to be aware of my school tasks’ deadline.
What are your interests?
During my free time, I like to read books about science
What are you inspired to do with your life?
I want to inspire people to not give up on their dreams. I want to help people, especially people who are struggling with their physical and mental health. I’m inspired to bring comfort to the people who feel constant discomfort and are forced to live that way.
And I am inspired that through my sport I may do good things to bring pride to my country, the Philippines.
What are your favorite subjects and why?
I genuinely like Science and Geography. They are both really interesting and they’re also fun to learn!
I do also love math though it’s my waterloo, and requires more time studying it.