Anton Andres / Toyota | September 14, 2018 15:35
Toyota backs paralympic Ernie Gawilan in Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
The Olympic and Paralympic games are coming soon and Toyota is going all out to give their support to the athletes. In a global initiative dubbed Start Your Impossible, Toyota will be giving their support to athletes from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
"As we roll out the "Start Your Impossible" initiative in Asia, we are excited to begin our countdown to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 along with our Team Toyota athletes who are not only passionate about sports but also desire to be agents of change to create a better world," said Mr. Susumu Matsuda, President, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific at the event.
In Tokyo 2020, Toyota will be going all out for Ernie Gawilan, our very own Paralympic who will be going for gold in the field of swimming. Born in Davao, Gawilan has underdeveloped extremities but that hasn't stopped him from becoming the athlete he is today. In fact, this isn't his first Paralympics, competing in 2016 in the 100 meter freestyle and backstroke, as well as the 400 meter freestyle competition.
Gawilan is among the 12 athletes that make up Team Toyota in Asia, and the company has chosen them as they 'are heroes both in the sporting arena as well as in their local communities'. On top of that, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (TMAP) announced plans to start employment of Para athletes from January 2019 onwards as part of Toyota's global efforts to enhance the Para sports movement.