ROXAS City – For a person with disability to do what abled people usually do is already an achievement, but to excel in other fields – such as sports – is what makes him extra special.
Jettro Alexander de Leon Dionisio, a visually-impaired athlete, is proof to that. He captured three gold medals in the Capiz Provincial Meet 2019 on Wednesday at the Villareal Stadium here.
Dionisio was able to take home gold medals in the 100-meter dash, long jump and shot put, earning him the ticket to represent Capiz in the WVRAA Meet Paragames slated next year in Aklan.
It was not the first time for Dionisio to achieve the feat. He also represented Capiz in the WVRAA Meet earlier this year.
“I am here to support him all the way,” Dionisio’s mother Tobee Diaz De Leon told Panay News. “He wants to show that disability is not a hindrance to excel in sports.”
De Leon said Dionisio was blind since birth. She gave birth to him at five and a half months. His disability made her love him more and she also considers him as her “lucky charm.”
“He is a premature baby but he is normal. His brain is normal but he was just visually impaired,” said De Leon, who also shared that, aside from sports, Dionisio was also active in singing.
“Yes, being a parent of a special child is hard. It entails a lot of sacrifice, sacrifice that I am willing to do,” she added. “Being disabled is not the end, you can still do things. I am glad that my son is not letting his impairment be a hindrance.”/PN