After Hidilyn Diaz, another Filipina Olympian stood victorious and made the country proud during the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
This time around, 46-year-old Josephine Medina bagged the bronze medal in the Women’s Table Tennis class 8 event, GMA News reported.
Despite being diagnosed with polio when she was only 2 years old, Josephine became a varsity player for the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
However, her dream of joining the Olympics was cut short after she was rejected when she applied to be a part of the Philippine national team due to her disability.
Now she believes in providing equal rights to the differently-abled.
“To fight for the rights of persons with disability especially in the field of sports which is ‘yung pinagdaanan ko na I competed in the able-bodied [tournaments], but they rejected me to be included sa national team because of my disability,” she said.
“Kahit ang isang tao po ay may kapansanan, still maa-achieve niya po ‘yung goal niya sa life,” she added.
Josephine’s achievement ended the country’s 16-year medal drought in the Paralympics which was last won by powerlifter Adeline Dumapong who won bronze in the 2000 Games.