To pack the golden trophy during the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Hong Kong, which took place last June, the Adaptive Dragon Boat Racing Team of the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) will receive the Modern-Day Hero Award from the Government of Cebu City.
In a statement issued last Friday, the Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee of the City Hall (CHAC) stated that they have chosen PADS as the recipient of this year to set an example in overcoming physical handicaps.
"While the country recalls all Filipinos on Monday (August 27) that defied the death and persecution of the nation, the Cebu City government will also honor individuals who have overcome physical handicaps and have brought pride and honor to Cebu. , "explained CHAC.
"PADS was chosen on the basis of the CHAC recommendation after the body heard of the triumph earned by the team during an international dragon boat competition in Hong Kong," she added.
The Modern-day Hero Award, organized by the city council, is an annual ceremony that recognizes the heroes of today during the national hero's day.
This year it will be held at Cebu City Hall, where Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is expected to give a speech.
"We are truly honored and humbled because we did not expect this prestigious award," said Pads Inc.'s chief executive officer, John Paul Maunes, to Cebu Daily News. "The team has quietly and proudly brought the country into the national and international sports arena over the past two years, and this long-awaited recognition is something they really deserve," he added.
According to Maunes, the team serves as an example and hopes the people with different needs are their main target.
"Sport is the biggest equalizer, so the impact of our story may become the beacon of light," Maunes said. "Our combined disabilities are our greatest strength."
In the midst of the greatness of recognition, Maunes still hopes that they can receive more than one recognition.
"I just hope that this does not just stop at ceremonies," Maunes announced. "I trust that they will provide support to athletes, the development of physical disabilities and the adaptive sports and rehabilitation program of PADS Inc."
For the team, they no longer compete solely for themselves. "This is for our advocacy in the hope of helping and making a change for the disability sector of our community."
The next for the team is the Dragons in Argao 4 Dragon Boat Competition, which is scheduled on 22 and 23 September.
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