PARALYMPIC powerlifting star Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta has expressed gratitude to the Philippine Sports Commission for giving her all-out support through the years and for supporting her ASEAN Para Games participation.
“Malaking bahagi ang PSC sa buhay ko, kung bakit ako nabigyan ng pagkakataon na makapag-compete sa iba’t ibang international competitions,” said Ancheta, 46, who started powerlifting in 1997.
From her P27,000 monthly allowance, the multi-titled Ancheta is now receiving a monthly salary of P36,000 since April 2018.
Ancheta competed in her fifth Paralympic Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and won a bronze medal during the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“The PSC has taught me to have more confidence, to have a better outlook on myself, and be proud. They have given me the opportunity to represent the Philippines and be able to give glory to our country,” shared Ancheta.
Ancheta is billed as the top para powerlifter in the women’s 82-kilogram category in Southeast Asia who has won seven gold and one silver medals from the past eight editions of the ASEAN Para Games, a multisport event for the differently-abled athletes that happen every two years.
The PSC will celebrate its milestone year with a mass on Jan. 24 at the newly-refurbished Rizal Memorial Coliseum, choosing to donate its anniversary celebration budget instead to Taal evacuees.