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Davao PHILSPADA medalists eye to inspire others

This story appears on Page B9 of the July 12, 2019, issue of Mindanao Times. To download a copy, visit www.bit.ly/MindanaoTimes
7th PHILSPADA National Para Games blind chess gold medalist Evangeline Gamao displays her chess prowess on Thursday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum. With her is badminton para-athlete Johnlo Respicio.(photo by Seth delos Reyes DSA/SDD)

Davao City – Woodpusher Evangeline Gamao and netter Johnlo Respicio graced the weekly Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) on Thursday presenting their golden achievements in the recent 7t

h PHILSPADA National Para Games in Manila.

“We hope our victory will inspire others. All they have to do is just love the sport and practice,” said Gamao, a blind woodpusher who bagged two gold medals and one bronze.

Gamao came along with PHILSPADA regional director and IA James Infiesto in the weekly Forum. She displayed her prowess in playing as seen by the local sports media.

All smiles with 7th PHILSPADA National Para Games gold medalists Evangeline Gamao of chess and Johnlo Respecio of badminton with their chess coaches IA James Infiesto and Ely Acas along with badminton mentor Sky Dionela in yesterday’s DSA Forum.

“We are really proud of her. Her two gold medals came in the Blitz category,” said Infiesto adding that she surprisingly outplayed two seeded players during the competition.

Respicio, on the other hand, bagged a gold medal in badminton played at the Citywalk Badminton court in Malolos, Bulacan. A para-athlete with the SS6 Classification, Respicio bested Jovel Montera of Mandaue, Cebu in the finals, 30-10.

“I do love playing badminton. It’s my passion,” said Respicio who also came with coach Skye Dionela.

Davao City finished third overall in the weeklong meet.





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