“Success doesn’t just come and find you, you have to go out and get it.”
As one who witnessed firsthand the Ateneo Taekwondo League held last July 16, it was an eye opener that there is more to the sport than just winning a gold medal and beating your adversary. The sacrifices and hours of training that these Student-Athletes have to go through is more than the medals that we put around their necks. How I wish I could give everybody a gold medal, because just being there and competing with their greatest adversary, themselves, they deserve more than gold; they deserve all the support to keep them striving and that’s what these league is all about – “doing more”, striving for the “Magis.”
The first leg has been a success. We are proud of all these student-athletes who have exemplified what taekwondo practitioners are all about, what an Atenean is all about. All the coaches have left a mark on that day through the actions of their athletes and in one way or another we have connected with them the message of what we are trying to instill in sports in Ateneo – “Cheer Don’t Jeer.”
But this event would have not been possible without the support of our University President, Father Joel Tabora, S.J. who gave us the opportunity to organize this event; Mr. Noli Ayo, the Athletics Director who paved the way for both the student-athletes and the coaches to grow and define their worth; Atty. ReboSaguisag, the UAAP Basketball Commissioner who have shared his knowledge with the participants; Master HyoungJoo Kim who provided us with National Referees to officiate the event; our corporate partners: Cherifer, Penongs and Pan de Pane who have given their utmost support in this endeavor; and the Principals, Asst. Principals, School Heads, Sport Coordinators and the Coaches who have shared their valuable time and joining us in this event.
We still have a lot to learn from this experience. We have to attain Excellence. As Vince Lombardi put it, “perfection is not attainable but we have to chase perfection so that we can catch excellence.”
See you all in October for the next leg of the Ateneo Taekwondo League.
By: Coach Jun Liwag