STAY active and keep a healthy lifestyle even during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
This is the advise of long-time Milo Ambassador and multi-awarded taekwondo champion Pauline Lopez to aspiring taekwondo stars seeking to bring honors to the country.
Speaking at the 5th “Usapang Sports on Air” by the Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS), Lopez said even the pandemic should not stop the athlete from pursuing her dream to excel in sports.
“I don’t think the pandemic has affected my mindset into pursuing my dreams and goals. Sports is an integral part of our daily life even though we’re still in a quarantine,” said Lopez during the same session sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
“On my part, I always try to inspire the youth to keep going. I even posted on my social media to let them know that I work out a lot even at home,”added Lopez, who bagged the gold medal in taekwondo in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila last December.
“That’s why I am happy to be a part of this Milo Homecourt kasi this is something I would like to do. It’s my way to keep inspiring the youth to keep going."
The 23-year-old Lopez admitted the coronavirus outbreak surprised her a lot, just like everybody.
But she welcomed the holding of online competitions to keep the athletes busy.
“It’s obviously a new experience for all of us (online tournaments). It’s something that we have never done before. And just like anything new, we have to adjust. But I realized that it’s something we are all looking forward to. The competition,” said Lopez.
"As an athlete. there’s that competitive fighting spirit within me. So I really trained hard and did my best to get my speed kicking even faster and competitive"
“It’s fun for me to know that there is still a community, although we’re far apart. The taekwondo community really stepped up and I commend the PTA for a good job.”
Asked about her daily schedule as a taekwondo champion, Lopez said there is still no contact training until now.
“For now, no contact training at all. I just do a lot of virtual training. I created this bubble for myself where I go to an area to train and it’s only myself. Then I ask my conditioning coach and national team coach to do a virtual training where he would watch me while I train and tell me where I need to do better.”
“Pareho lang. You have to train hard the same way, the same mentality. No blocking, no kicking someone which I so misses so much.”
Lopez said she also spends a lot of time with her teammates during virtual trainings.
“We’re still almost together. We’re still training virtually. We’re trying our very best to stay in shape not just with our body but also with our mind,” explained Lopez.