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Success, like death, is inevitable. Today, I landed 7th place in Sports News Writing – English category (Secondary Level) out of the almost 300 students who participated. For me, it was an unexpected victory. I don’t really like sports. If people ask me about basketball, the only name I can mention is Kobe Bryant. But knowing Kobe Bryant isn’t enough. I don’t even have any “favorite” players in any sport. But because writing requires versatility in most conditions, I tried and I came up with a “mediocre”, if I may  call, sports news article.  That mediocrity made me taste the first apple of discord in my whole life.

Writing a sports article is not my cup of coffee. But because I have a background in story writing, I think I managed well the flow of emotions and descriptions but failed to bring in the jargons of the live sport we covered which is basketball. After the three day National Sports Journalism Congress, I found my new love: sports feature and news writing. I was disqualified in the Sports Feature category because we arrived late. It  saddens me most because aside from news writing, I also have a strong ability in writing a feature story. Besides my extreme love for fashion journalism, I think I can do well in both fields of writing. All the speakers inspired me, which is very rare in a congress like that.

My triumph was eye-opening for me.  I’m not going to cry because I wasn’t proclaimed the champion. For me, doing something that I am not really used to is already something worthy. The feeling was like I got 95 in Trigonometry which is extremely impossible for me to attain! I’ve drawn a good match to my capacity.  Even if I didn’t win, I learned much more than the surface level of sports writing. I learned how to value the sport industry in the Philippines. Now, I understand how hard it is to be a sports journalists; the ups and downs and the predicaments that one can face through his way of chasing the dreams of other people.

Albeit unexpected, I still dedicate my triumph to God. I’m not trying to sound like a Catechist but  I know he guided me that very moment I was writing my draft entry.

I’ll leave my entry with this quote by Dr. Burns:” Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.”

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