It seems as if athletics has been inking the front pages of our daily broadsheets in bold letters. The country’s image on the line as athletes wearing our flag on their hearts play for the honor and glory. From basketball and football, volleyball has now taken the center stage as 6 young female athletes lead a team of fighters to represent the country at the Asian Games. One of them is Majoy Baron.
UAAP Season 78’s Best Blocker and Season 79’s Most Valuable Player—we thought we have all seen Majoy Baron at her prime in the collegiate league as De La Salle University’s Lady Spikers’ middle hitter. But it was only the beginning of her rise in the volleyball industry. She, along with 11 other athletes, now prepare to go head to head against countries like Japan, Korea, and China at the Asian Games. And Majoy takes on greater heights as she uses these challenges as tools to empower herself, the youth, and our country.
According to Majoy, being an athlete gave her the confidence and self-esteem she didn’t have as a child. To her, being an athlete didn’t only give her physical strength, but also gave her the power to take on any and all challenges and be whoever she wants to be. “Parang feeling mo ma–a-achieve mo lahat ng bagay,” she tells. “You can use sports as empowerment sa sarili mo.”
And to be a part of a team with a winning tradition like the DLSU Lady Spikers, volleyball also gave her the ability to inspire a whole new generation of aspiring athletes. “Mas nakaka-inspire kami sa younger generation for them to enter volleyball kasi nakikita nila na may future,” Majoy shares.
Through and through, Majoy has proven her stature as an athlete and this she achieved through hard work. “Nag-start ako sa La Salle na hindi ako first six. Hindi ako line up. Nag improve lang ako. Kung ano ngayon skills ko, pinaghirapan ko siya.” And the plan is to only keep on learning as she now wears the country’s name on her jersey. “Higher level na yung competition. Mas gusto ko na mas prepared yung body, mind, and health ko going to the Asian Games.”
The best is only beginning to unfold for Majoy. Driven by her fervor to win the women’s volleyball championships in the Asian Games, we can only expect her to perform at her best not only to fulfill her dream but all for the country’s glory.