The MVP way

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


ONE doesn't have to be in a champion team to be hailed as most valuable player (MVP).

Decorated Ateneo de Davao University 11-year-old booter Jasper Rex Lim got an MVP trophy from Makati Football Club president Tomas L. Lozano for steering the boys 11 team to a quarter-finals B finish in the Gothia Cup "The World Youth Cup" held on July 14 to 19, 2014 in Goteberg, Sweden.

Jasper, the lone Davao City player in the Makati-FC that represented Philippines in the three-country Europe Tour, also helped the team win second place in the boys 11 division of the Barcelona Cup 2014 in Spain on July 6 to 13 and a quarter-finals A finish in the Dana Cup dubbed as "The International Youth Soccer" held on July 20-26 in Hjorring, Denmark.

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Jasper, who competed abroad for the first time, said his Europe tour was an amazing experience. "I got to see several things that I haven't seen in Asia. It is an extra ordinary experience for a young boy like me who is from Davao to join international competitions. Not too many are given such opportunity."

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In playing against foreign teams, he said, "I realized that the players are determined to win in every game that's why I did the same even if I knew that they are better players than we are. Most were really tough opponents. I was determined to score a goal for my team and of course for our country."

"Though we did not win in every game, we knew that we had done our best and we had the courage to accept our defeat. We know that losing is part of the game. We just looked forward to our next game," he said.

Playing a 90-feet roller coaster ride with his Makati FC teammates was unforgettable for Jasper, adding: "At first I was so scared for it made me feel that my heart beat so fast but after a few rounds I had some fun. I enjoyed the views that i saw around. I also cannot forget the time when we went to Camp Nou stadium, the home of FC Barcelona."

He thanked Makati FC for helping him become a good sport, to be kind, understanding and humble.

"There were many things I learned not only the techniques in playing the game but I have also learned great values for success such as team work and self-discipline," Jasper said.

He was lured into the sport of football by her mother Bai when he was three years and six months old. His older brothers Jonathan Ryan and Joshua Royce are also football players.

"At first she just wanted me to become active like my two older siblings who are also soccer players. She supported me in every game. My Mom, together with my Dad (Jimmy) provide the things I need," Jasper said.

He's also grateful to God for giving him the skills to play well.

When asked to describe himself, he replied: "Jasper Rex Lim is a one simple, shy and quiet student in the classroom but full of in the soccer field!"

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 03, 2014.

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