The Tokyo 2020 Olympics closed on a high note last night for the more than 120 Global Team Toyota Athletes (GTTA), which pushed itself Higher, faster, stronger to “achieve their impossible”.
These athletes began their journey with a battle cry for “Start your impossible”(SYI), Toyota’s first global corporate initiative ever. To every GTTA who won medals and broke records, we offer you our heartfelt congratulations; to every other GTTA – everyone has also “achieved your impossible” by overcoming odds, challenges and even adversity to compete at the Olympics.
Toyota Motor Asia Pacific (TMAP) is especially proud of all three Team Toyota athletes from Asia who participated in the Olympic Games in Tokyo about their national Olympic team – from Indonesia, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, Badminton; Singapore, Joseph schooling, Swimming; and Thailand, Panipak Wongpattanakit, Taekwondo, which won Thailand’s first gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Although every Toyota Team athlete competed in stadiums and halls without spectators due to Covid restrictions, they were assured that their races, performances, games and events were closely followed and followed by millions online.
Before the doctors, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, Akio Toyoda cheered and welcomed GTTAs: “Each of you took a different path to get here, and you represent different countries and regions. You’re all here in Tokyo 2020 as a Toyota athlete, and I’m very proud of you all. This is where you fight for your place in history and your place is at the top of the podium! Please know that I am here for you and that Toyota will do everything to support you. Because we are a family and the family takes care of the family. ”
Among the nearly 60 GTTAs to go to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (August 24 to September 5, 2021), there will be eight from Team Toyota in Asia:
§ India: Amit Kumar Saroha, Diskokaster – Para Atletik
§ Indonesia: Ni Nengah Widasih, Para Powerlifting
§ Malaysia: Abdul Latif Romly, Langspring – Para Atletik
§ Phillipines: Ernie Gawilan, Para Swimming
§ Singapore: Toh Wei Soong, Para Swimming
§ Singapore (Toyota Motor Asia Pacific): Sophie soon, Para Swimming
§ Thailand: Anchaya Ketkaew, Para Swimming
§ Vietnam: Nguyen Thanh Trung, Para Swimming
COO for Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, Hao Tien said: “On behalf of Toyota, we congratulate all Team Toyota athletes who competed for their national Olympic team in Tokyo. We are so proud of their journey and we know that each one is ready for even greater achievements. Each Team Toyota athlete has inspired us with their unwavering commitment to their sport, and we hope they will continue to “achieve your impossible” through their heroic projects such as promoting greater road safety and helping orphans.
“To our Team Toyota athletes on their way to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Amit, Ni Nengah, Latif, Ernie, Wei Soong, Sophie, Anchaya and Trung – know that you are part of the Toyota family. We will mess with you while you give of your best in your sport. You are already each a master of overcoming adversity to excel in what you do and love! ”
Ernie Gawilan, an inspirational swimmer who inspires change in others.
The spirit of “Start your impossible“Is in line with Toyota’s core belief that it is when you are free to move, then anything is possible. It is when societies are inspired to come together to overcome social, economic and physical obstacles that transformation can take place.
This philosophy is at the heart of Toyota’s mission to ensure “Mobility for all“And to support the creation of a more inclusive, sustainable and mobile society where everyone can challenge their impossible and make their dreams come true.
TMAP is proud to have partnered with these athletes, who are also Dual Heroes, as they have embarked on their own hero projects with local partners and organizations in their own communities. These partnerships have enabled each athlete to pursue different initiatives for social transformation. These initiatives include programs for road safety literature, sports education facilities, support for children and young people, empowering women, arts and culture and advocating for a more sustainable environment.
Every Team Toyota athlete from Asia is an inspiring role model. They have not only dedicated themselves to achieving excellence in their sport through gravel and sacrifice, but have also set excellent examples of advocating for change and transformation in their communities. Many have overcome their own ‘impossible’ challenges — whether socioeconomic or physical — on their journey to pursue excellence. Now they pick up from their experiences and personal stories to inspire others to go higher, faster and further from where they are in life.
To learn more about how the Philippines started the impossible, visit https://toyota.com.ph/startyourimpossible.
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