LAOAG CITY – Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos handed out a cheque amounting to P15,000.00 to Paralympics runner, Roger Tapia, 21, of Pasaleng, Pagudpud during a press briefing held at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol last August 10, 2012.
“I am very thankful to Gov. Imee for supporting me. She is always there to give me money and support whenever I go and compete to other countries. I’m hoping that she will never get tired of helping me,” said Tapia.
Tapia is one of the nine members of the Philippine Team that will compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games, the world’s largest multinational sporting event for disabled athletes, which will start on August 29.
Tapia was born with a single arm and a speech defect.
He became an athlete when he was in Grade V. He involved himself into sports ever since. He played volleyball, basketball and all kinds of sports but it is in athletics that he excelled. He was an IRAA player during his 2nd year to 4th year in high school. It was in the Palarong Pambansa where he was discovered for his abilities in athletics.
Tapia clocked 23.56 seconds in the 200-M race during the Malaysia Open held last April 2012 which made him a qualifier in that event. He will be competing in the T-46 classification (one-arm amputee) in the 2012 London Paralympics.
His school, Jose Rizal University and the Philippine Sports Commission are also helping him with his travel to London and his training at the Ultra in Pasig City, with his coach, Joel Deriada from the Philippine Team. (Aiza Marie U. Viloria, CMO-PGIN)