2019 has been an amazing year as women athletes dominated the world of sports. The sportswomen of India put in a lot of hard work and dedication to reach the national and international platforms. In fact, P V Sindhu became the first Indian to claim the title of World Badminton Champion. But the journey to the top is never easy, is it?
Recently, an 11-year-old track athlete from the Philippines showed her dedication towards the sport as she ran barefoot for a race. Rhea Bullos competed in an inter-school running meet while wearing ‘homemade’ shoes made entirely out of bandages, reports Indian Express.
Bullos added her own ‘Nike’ logo on the sides of the bandages that covered just her ankles and soles. According to CBS Sports, the young athlete beat her competition and won three goals medals in the 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1,500-meter competitions.
New design of spike shoesMade in PhilippinesNIKECongratulations RHEA BULLOS of Balasan 3GOLDS400m dash ELem Girls800m run Elem Girls1500m run Elem Girls
The images shared by her coach Predirick B. Valenzuela, were quickly shared several times online where people requested Nike to help her out. Have a look:
LOOK: Rhea Bullos, an athlete from Balasan, Iloilo, scored three gold medals in a sports meet despite not having proper footwear.
Bullos wore her makeshift 'Nike' shoes and won in the 400, 800, and 1500 meter run events in the ongoing Iloilo Schools pic.twitter.com/kE4AgZwnCk
— JONNAbells (@jonna_beh) December 11, 2019
Got to repost this here.might reach nike.Rhea Bullos of Balasan, Iloilo won 3 golds despite her makeshift 'NIKE' shoes. Rhea won in the 400, 800, and 1500 meter run elementary girls in the ongoing Iloilo Schools Sports Council Meet。
CTTO @Nike @KingJames pic.twitter.com/ZwEQI60Spf
— ronel ipang (@skip3_34) December 10, 2019
@Nike This is Rhea Bullos of Balasan, Iloilo, Philippines. She won 3 golds in the 400, 800, and 1500 meter run at the Iloilo Schools Sports Council Meet 2019.
📷 | Predirick B. Valenzuela pic.twitter.com/lTu8FklbTl
— Mister E (@_mis_ter_e_) December 10, 2019
Shortly after, Jeff Cariaso, CEO of a basketball store Titan 22, asked Twitter to help him contact her.
Help me connect with her please. https://t.co/clxKKpBXdP
— Jeff Cariaso (@thejet_22) December 10, 2019
Twitter quickly got it done and Cariaso and Bullos were able to speak to each other:
Thanks for the post. I was able to speak to Rhea and her adviser this morning. Thanks to those who messaged me also with her contact number. https://t.co/LKUYF0zyLo
— Jeff Cariaso (@thejet_22) December 11, 2019
In case you were wondering, Bullos did receive new gear.
LOOK: SM City buys new shoes for Rhea Bullos, a Balasan runner who has been trending on social media after her picture wearing makeshift 'Nike' shoes went viral.
Rhea was taken to the SM Store in SM City Iloilo where she was bought a new pair of shoes, socks and a sports bag. pic.twitter.com/EXo879Gbg5
— Daily Guardian (@dailyguardianph) December 11, 2019
Bullos has great potential and with the right footwear, we’re sure she’ll conquer the track world.