Chauncey Hachero, a varsity member of the school’s taekwondo team, bagged silver in the inter-school poomsae and speed-kicking event hosted by Milo last November 28 to 29, 2020. He also landed 8th place in the Nationals.
While Hachero aimed for a gold, he expressed that it’s a good start for the competition season.
“My main motivation is always to be the best version of myself. I want to be the best, and I’ll try my hardest to be the best,” the black-belter aspirant said.
Participating in a competition amid the pandemic, Hachero said he’s not used to seeing an empty venue, yet he is grateful for being able to compete and having his parents support him.
The Grade 10 student was once teased with the nickname “Tanso” because he once received a bronze medal. Instead of giving in to the teasing, he used it as a motivation to pick himself back up.
“My peers once ridiculed me for only getting third place in a tournament. That traumatized me in a sense,” he added.
But as an athlete since nine years old, Hachero has learned a lot of great things in taekwondo.
“I learned [that] it’s okay to fail. Failure should never be a reason to give up. I learned that if I really wanted something, I had to put blood, sweat, and tears to get what I want. I also learned [how] to be patient and know that everything isn’t going to happen overnight. If I wanted something, I had to wait and work hard for it,” he said.
According to Hachero, he sees his team as a family and his coaches as mentors who helped him in his athletic and personal lives, teaching him life lessons that he may also apply in the future.
“One of my coaches, Coach Jordan, told me a lesson that I will never forget: If you cheat, you only cheat yourself. I also learned that you couldn’t rely on other people to believe in you. You must be the one to believe in yourself to succeed,” he added. Michael Mendoza // Photo courtesy of Hachero family