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ANCHETA Adeline
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Philippines   
GenderWomen
Age48
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Alyssa Mae [2002]
Other names
Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta
Residence
Quezon, PHI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Filipino
Higher education
Computer Science - Saint Paul University: Quezon, PHI
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 1997 in Quezon, Philippines.
Why this sport?
"Since I was about age seven I've been interested in all kinds of sports, be it wheelchair racing, basketball, or swimming. After I finished university, I missed the feeling that I got from competitive sport. A friend of mine suggested I try out powerlifting and I thought, 'Why not?' I started powerlifting and just a few months later I decided to take part in a local, able-bodied competition. I won - and the prize included two months of free training at a gym owned by my future coach. He saw a lot of potential in me and encouraged me to continue with the sport."
Name of coach
Antonio Taguibao [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Philippines
General Interest
Nicknames
Ads (dumapong.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Most influential person in career
The president of the Philippine Sports Association of the Differently Abled [PHILSPADA], Michael Barredo. (inquirer.net, 09 Jun 2017; Athlete, 26 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No guts, no glory." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was a torch bearer during the relay for 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (chinadaily.com.cn, 09 Jun 2008)

She is a three-time Philippine Sportswriters Association [PSA] award winner. (freedom-technology-wheelchairs.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Milestones
She became the first athlete representing the Philippines from any sport to win a medal at the Paralympic Games by claiming bronze at the 2000 Games in Sydney. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Jun 2019; team-ams.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. She contracted the illness at age three. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017; dumapong.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
Born in the mountain province of Ifugao in northern Philippines, she left her family at age six to attend an institution for children with an impairment in Manila, Philippines. While she says she missed her family, the move allowed her to obtain an education, meet other people with an impairment, and also introduced her to sports. (dynamicchiropractic.com, 15 Jun 2016; dumapong.com, 22 Aug 2012; disabilityworld.org, 22 Sep 2002)

MUSICIAN
She performed in Germany, Japan, Belgium, and the United States of America as part of 'Rondalla on Wheels', an instrumental band composed of men and women with an impairment who all grew up in Quezon City, Philippines. (journalnews.com.ph, 25 Apr 2021; dynamicchiropractic.com, 15 Jun 2016; freedom-technology-wheelchairs.com, 22 Aug 2012)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an athlete representative and board treasurer at the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled / National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines. (globalsportsmentoring.org, 05 Jun 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in community development at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2004 +82.5kg 110.0
6 2012 +82.5kg 120
  2016 +86kg  NoM
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2017 +86kg  NoM
17 2021 +86kg 90.0
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 +86kg 115
3 2018 +86kg 107