Region X blind athlete soars high in long jump

April 23, 2018

Norman Calib-og and Jezreel Vincent Abiar, Region X student journalists
Go for gold!

Defending champion Cherry Lade Quimba made another history for Region X as the 20-year-old athlete dominated the women’s long jump competition secondary. She amazed the crowd and made them sit on the edge of their seats as she dominated anew as the gold medalist during the 2018 Palarong Pambansa at the Quirino Stadium, Bantay, Ilocos Sur on April 16.

Quimba finished her tough skirmish with one centimeter ahead of Region I, but fell short from her last year’s record of 1.90 meters.

‘’I do this not just because I want to enjoy my life, but also I want to support my family,” the blind athlete said.

At the age of 15, the Cherry was advised by her teacher, Mrs. Maddylene Ginete, to participate in the school’s competition. She never expected that it would bring her to the prestigious national multi-sports event, Palarong Pambansa.

“If ever I will be given a chance to take college, I want to become a teacher someday,” she added.

Quimba’s father works as a tricycle driver while her mother helpssustain their needs as a laundry woman. Even though she cannot see her environment, her friends are her eyes.

“I want my brother and sister to finish their studies, that’s why I make myself more skillful and well-prepared for this event,” she pointed out with determination.

Despite her disability, she earned several awards in sports events especially in the field of athletics. The five-time student athlete gave honor not just to her school, but also to Northern Mindanao.