Special athlete returned for V-League finals
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 22, 2016 01:16 AM
Jessebel Tordesilla and her friend applauding a brilliant play.
“Hindi ko puwedeng hindi panoorin ang finals ng Shakey’s V-League,” said wheelchair-bound special athlete Jessebel Tordesilla, 44, referring to Monday’s Game 3 of the championship playoff between eventual winner Pocari Sweat and Philippine Air Force.
“Naadik na yata ako sa volleyball simula noong una akong makapanood ng V-League nang live noong isang linggo.”
Together with a friend in similar condition, she immensely enjoyed the nail-biting match between the finalists. Though she was not rooting for any particular team, she was applauding anyone on the floor who scored on a brilliant play or who excellently dug what looked like a powerful spike that was beyond saving.
This was her second time to watch in person the V-League Season 13-Open Conference.
A Palaro standout in all three throwing events of shot put, javelin and discus, Tordesilla and two other special athletes and a friend wheeled in Wednesday last week at Philsports Arena to watch the bronze-medal match between Balipure and Team Laoag. All four, their wheelchairs positioned near the end of the service area, were seen quietly enjoying the action which Balipure won.
But for the Pocari-Air Force knockout game Monday, Tordesilla, a congenital amputee, and her friend, Carmelinda Licerio, a polio survivor, were letting a bit of their hair down as they repeatedly clapped to applaud good plays or at times scream in pure delight during long rallies.
Tordesilla is presently staying at the Philsports athletes’ dormitory as part of a large number of special athletes training and hoping to land spots on the national team.
She’s praying that V-League will hold more games at Philsports so she can always watch them up close and personal.
Here’s good news for Tordesilla.
Sports Vision, creator and organizer of V-League, is set on staging more games at Philsports.