Great things start from small beginnings… Growing up with Olympic energy, growing up with Milo, Milo, Milo everyday! This is a song that we all heard of since childhood and it always brings back the memory that we were once a child hoping to be the best in everything we do. Having the energy, obtaining skills and abilities, possessing talents and our eagerness to be on the top will always remain within us. It never ceases to amaze what these hopes and dreams brought us. It made us competitive and molded us to be an achiever in every aspect of our lives. The hope to be always on the Top 3 on every South East Asian Games, Asian Games and Olympics never dies on every athlete competing for the event.
The Philippines has been part of the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) since 1977 and from then on we have been an over-all Champion receiving the most gold medals once, back in 2005 when the country hosted the SEA games for the third time, the 23rd SEA Games 2005. The country also have been the 2nd Over-all champion in 12th SEA Games 1983 and 16th SEA Games 1991, and have been the 3rd Over-all champion six times during the 9th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 17th, and 18th SEA Games. It just goes to show that the Philippine athletes never lost hope of bringing home the bacon; prestige and honor to our country. But what are the stories behind these achievements? Has the government been very supportive with the athletes by giving them their allowances? Was there enough training facilities and venues that the athletes can use?
Some of the Philippine athletes are born to be great in a certain sport and making this an opportunity to support their family. Bringing home a gold medal from every event and bringing honor to the country every game. This is every athletes dream. However, the government has been less supportive to the athletes and most often the not, they do not receive allowances from the government, over the 527 athletes in 39 of the 42 sports calendared, more than 100 of whom either shouldered their expenses or received corporate support (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2011).
There’s always a way to improve. The Philippine athletes have been training hard for every competition. They’ve been trying and finding ways to make themselves better, if not, the best. We have seen them play their game and they gave their very best to win. However, it must not only be the athletes who must give their best and work hard for every competition, the government as well has to support and motivate these athletes to improve. Providing them proper and modern training facilities/ equipment and venues, funding them for foreign training and international exposure may be a good start in making the best team for the upcoming Olympics 2012in London, 27th SEA Games in Naypyidaw,Myanmar, and 17th Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.
With the 42 sports played in the South East Asian Games there are only 12 main sports which is played every year which are the Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Football, Shooting, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball and Weightlifting. And with these sports, most Filipinos are a fan of the popular games which are Basketball and Boxing because of the names and/or teams incorporated to it; other sports weren’t able to gain much attention compared to what these two, had given to the public.
Promoting our very own athletes may be one of the solutions in making the Philippine Team, the best. We have to take many little steps in a new direction in order to produce big change overtime. When it comes to training and competition, having the support of family, friends and teammates may just be our Filipino athletes’ secret weapon to improve sports success on game days; encouragement and support of friends and family is a key factor in building confidence in an athlete, and it’s this confidence that can lead to success in a high-pressure sporting event.