Born with disability, Leonardo C. Ferrer, a SPED athlete proves nothing is impossible when you really love what you do. Leonardo, now 12, was one of the athletes who was given the chance to compete for the Special Games Competition of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 in Legazpi City, Albay.
Leonardo is the youngest among his six siblings living in a sitio along Aponit, San Carlos City, Pangasinan. His father, Eduardo Ferrer, a jeepney driver is very proud if his son’s enthusiasm and willingness to develop his swimming skills despite his condition.
Leo was first discovered by her coach, Evangeline Liwanag during one of the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Awareness Week celebration. Ms. Liwanag was very thankful for that moment when he finally met Leonardo for she was really scouting for more SPED athletes at that time.
Since then, she encouraged Leo to practice more and eventually, he is now an official athlete of the AQUATICS Event of the PALARO Special Games. He was a SILVER Medalist during the Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet last year.
“Lagi lang ako pray kay Jesus kapag mag start na ang contest”, Leo said. He always ask for the guidance of the Almighty and he was also very thankful for her coach who has always been supportive in all the trainings and his special needs.