ALL HAIL THE QUEEN. Erlinda Lavandia, deemed the “Queen of Philippine Javelin, proved once more that age is merely a number. The 67-year-old brought home four (4) gold medals from the Singapore Masters Athletics 40th Anniversary Track and Field 2019. The even was held in Singapore from May 4 to May 5.
Lavandia competed in the above-65 women’s category and won gold medals respectably in javelin throw, discus throw, hammer throw, and shot put. She prevailed over opponents from 13 different countries including India, Malaysia, and Singapore.
For winning four gold medals, Lavandia was recognized as the Best Athlete of Field Events for Southeast Asia by the event organizers.
Back in the Philippines, the City Government of Baguio City honored her for her wins and continuous dedication to give glory to the country.
Her career goes all the way to 1972, when Erlinda competed in her first Javelin Throw event. And a few years later, she won her first gold medal at the 1977 Southeast Asian Games.
From 1985-2008, she served as Chief Inspector at the Police Regional Office of Cordillera. But all the while, she continued to represent the Philippines in various international athletics competitions.
A beacon of inspiration
She continues to give honor to the Philippines by also serving as a consultant for the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Through her role in the PSC, she serves as an inspiration to Filipino athletes. She reminds them to maintain the dedication, determination, and the discipline for their chosen sports.
“Magtraining silang maigi, higit sa lahat, kailangan mayroon silang dedication, determinatiom and the most important is discipline (They have to train well. They should have the dedication, determination, and the most important is discipline),” Erlinda said in an interview.
This November, Erlinda will represent the Philippines at the Asian Masters Athletics in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
via ABS-CBN News / Justin Aguilar