Former UAAP Season 78 Women’s Volleyball Best Libero and fan favorite Dawn Macandili was recently tapped by the Philippine Aquatic Sports Association (PASA) and the Philippine Swimming Inc. to represent the country in the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. “I was really shocked kasi hindi ko naman talaga forte ang swimming, I stopped swimming to focus on volleyball,” shares the five-foot tall libero.
(I was really shocked because swimming really isn’t my forte, I stopped swimming to focus on volleyball.)
Known for her amazing dives in the taraflex courts, Macandili was tapped to train in the national diving team to compete for the under 3m springboard division.
On being invited
The invitation of Macandili to enter the national squad is a special opportunity for her to represent the Philippines in another sporting event. Having previous stints as part of the national volleyball unit, the energetic athlete will have a handful to learn in preparation for the diving competition.
“Suiting up for the Philippine diving team is something exciting kasi nga bagong learnings tapos experience [as] an athlete,” Macandili expounds.
Once finished with their PSL Grand Prix stint, Macandili will meet her new teammates and coaches as she participates in their upcoming training sessions. Although she will surely miss her fellow volleyball players, she sees this chance as an avenue to make more friends outside of her first beloved sport.
“Yung ibang players sa swimming association, nag-contact na sila sa akin. Ang sabi nila is welcome and expectant din sila ma-meet ako,” Macandili shares.
(Some of the players from the swimming association already contacted me welcoming me to the team and were also expectant to meet me soon.)
Transitioning from one sport to another is difficult given the difference in training and the actual competition proper as well, but Macandili is ready to conquer the challenge as she looks forward to competing in a completely new environment.
“Practice lang ng practice para makapag-adjust muna tapos tingnan natin yung day-to-day progress,” Macandili says.
(I’ll have to practice and practice for the adjustment, then we’ll see the day-to-day progress.)
“Break muna ako sa volleyball after [ng PSL Grand Prix] para makapag-focus ako sa diving at masanay ako sa galaw.”
(I will have to take a break from volleyball after the PSL Grand Prix so I can focus on diving and get used to
The multi-awarded libero is looking forward to taking another glory from a new angle as she aims to dazzle the Filipino crowd with her diving stunts in the nearing SEA Games to be held in December
“Of course, same energy pa rin. Alam ko naman na the whole country will be watching and supporting kaya gagawin ko ang best ko para sa kanila,” she says with a big smile.
(Of course, I’ll be bringing in the same energy. I know that the whole country will be watching and supporting us. That’s why I’ll do my best for them.)
Macandili hopes that her volleyball fans will still be supporting her all the way as she takes on another