February 04, 2013 | Asia Pacific: Philippines

Nothing Happens Twice For No Reason

By Winston Maxino

Author Winston Maxino with Stephanie Wiegel of Germany.

Last January 31, I chanced upon a charming athlete. She was beaming with joy while being interviewed. I took pictures of that very happy child. On February 2, I awarded the medals to some winners in Snowboarding. To my surprise, I awarded a medal to the same girl who I took pictures of 2 days prior. Nothing happens twice for no reason, I thought. Especially in Alpensia, where there are so many people. So, after the awarding ceremony, I looked for that happy girl. As fate would have it, I found her. Meeting her was a wonderful moment. She was very excited when I gave her a Philippine souvenir. Her warm handshake and our lovely picture together are my medals. It felt like I had won too! This beautiful athlete with Down syndrome is Stephanie Wiegel from Germany. Indeed, the SO World Winter Games is also about making friends, building relationships and being a family sharing one vision of changing the world into one of equality, mutual respect and acceptance. Together we can!

About Winston Maxino: Mr. Winston Maxino is an MVP from the Philippines. His 16-year old daughter, Brina Kei, has Down Syndrome and is attending the 2013 Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit (GYAS) as a Global Youth Ambassador representing Asia-Pacific.
Share

Do you have a story to Share?

Tell us your story so we can publish it for others to see.



*

Special Olympics - Become a Fan

Limited-Time Match Offer: Donate Monthly and Help Us Reach More Athletes

Monthly giving is easy and convenient. Donate today and transform lives all year long through the joy of sport.

Special Olympics gets an extra $100 for each new monthly donor.