LAGUNA, Philippines- Being a dedicated athlete requires a lot of hardwork but the job of those behind them can be just as hard. As Mother’s Day approaches, swimmer-actor Enchong Dee’s very own mom shares with Rappler how important a parent’s support is for a child athlete.
Since the first day Enchong learned how to swim when he was eight years old until today when he lit the torch as an accomplished swimmer in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, mommy Theresa has stayed by his side no matter what.
“Everyday siya mag training noon tapos hatid sundo ko siya araw-araw,” said Maria Theresa Dee of how his son started in the sport.
(I accompanied him everyday in his trainings when he was still a kid.)
She added that the early victories of his son led him to a dream of becoming a big name in the sport he chose. The family supported him all throughout.
Eventually, all efforts of his mother paid off as Enchong started to win competitions year in and year out.
His biggest break came when he ended a 6-year title drought for the De La Salle University Tankers and bagged the elusive gold medal in the UAAP Season 72.
He became even more famed in the college ranks when he brought home seven gold medals in the league. Moreover, Enchong represented the Philippine flag in numerous international events like the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and the 2007 Southeast Asian Games that took place in Thailand.
But despite all of the celebrity attention the second of four siblings has received from the sports scene and the Philippine entertainment industry, Enchong’s mom manages to keep her son grounded.
“Normal parin kami sa bahay kasi hindi namin nilalagay sa isip namin na andun na siya sa taas. Hindi namin iniisip na sikat na siya,” Mrs. Dee said.
(We still treat each other normally at home because we don’t put in mind that he’s already on top. We try not to think that he’s already famous.)
Aside from staying humble, Theresa shared that his son is just a normal kid like everybody else and in fact, a good one.
“Super bait 'yan tsaka napaka masunurin.” (He’s a very kind and obedient son.)
Lastly, Theresa admitted it is not easy to have a son who competitively swims but understood well that she plays a very large role in the success of his child’s sports career. She thinks all mothers should do the same despite the inconvenience and sacrifices they have to endure along the way.
“Dapat full support talaga tayo sa mga anak natin kasi nakikita nila kung paano mo sila inaalagaan. At the same time, pagtanda nila, lagi ka nilang maaalala.”
(We should always give our full support to our children because they can see how we take care of them. At the same time, they will always remember us that way.) – Rappler.com