Toyota has a big part to play at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Not only will the Japanese automaker be the official fleet provider of the summer games, but they will also be supporting hundreds of athletes from all over the world on the road to Tokyo 2020 as part of the “Global Team Toyota Athletes”. One of those athletes being supported by Toyota is Filipino Paralympic swimmer Ernie Gawilan.

Born in Davao, Gawilan has underdeveloped lower extremities. However, that hasn't stopped him from becoming the winning swimmer he is today. The 28-year old paralympic swimmer has competed in several competitions including the ASEAN Para Games, and the Asian Para Games. He has won a total of 10 gold medals, four silver medals and five bronze medals from various swimming events in both the Asian and ASEAN Para Games.

He managed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, he was not able to bring home any medals. This time around, he hopes to be able to go for the gold.

Gawilan is just one of the many athletic hopefuls from around the world. Recently, Toyota launched a dedicated page on its global website in order to further support and share the stories of these athletes. The athlete page will be updated as things move closer to the Games such as those who qualify to compete in Tokyo 2020. They may also leave messages of support and words of encouragement to specific athletes in their personal pages.

If you want to leave a message for our very own Ernie Gawilan, you may do so by clicking this link.

All of our athletes need our full support if we want them to bring home the country's first-ever gold medal from the summer games. Even with Toyota already lending them a hand, a small and simple message of encouragement will surely go a long way.