THE deadly coronavirus pandemic and even a personal tragedy will not stop triathlon champion Kim Remolino from pursuing his dream of making it to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
In fact, Remolino is hoping to rise above the challenges by turning these distractions into something positive.
“Tuloy-tuloy lang po naman ang paghahanda ko. Tuloy lang ang training dito sa amin kahit pa ngayon na may pandemic,” said Remolino in the 6th “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) via Zoom last Thursday.
Remolino, who bagged a silver medal in triathlon during the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila last December, said he hopes his hard work and determination will pay dividends in the end.
“I believe I can achieve my goal if I really put my heart into it. Tiyaga lang. Wala naman imposible basta pagsisikapan,” said the 19-year-old triathlete from Talisay, Cebu during the two-hour long public service program sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Foremost in Remolino's mind is the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam.
“Although hindi pa sigurado na maisasama ang triathlon sa SEA Games sa Vietnam, I'm always looking forward to qualifying to the national team. I understand ginagawa naman ng POC ang lahat para maisama,” explained Remolino.
“Then there's also the Asian Games. Kailangan ko manalo ng gold or silver medal para makasama sa Olympics.”
"Sa ngayon yan po ang mga pinagtutuunan ko ng pansin. Wala naman po akong masyadong problema dahil nakaka-pag ensayo pa din kami kahit individually,” he said.
Remolino said he also became even more determined to succeed even after a personal tragedy struck when a fire razed their family home last month.
The family lost valuable possessions, including Remolino's racing bikes and countless medals.
But Remolino's faith in God enabled him to overcome the tragedy.
“I’m happy na walang casualties sa amin sa nangyari. Yun mga nawalang bagay, mapapalitan pa naman,” he explained.
The tragedy also enabled Remolino to see his true friends.
“Sa sports, madami talaga ang tumulong sa akin. Sa triathlon community, buhos agad ang suporta sa amin,” recalled Remolino.
“Kaagad ding tumulong sa akin ang POC thru Cong. Bambol Tolentino. Saka nagkaroon din ng auction ng sports memorabilia ang Go for Gold ni sir Jeremy Go for the benefit of the Remolino family.”