THOMASIAN athletes come and go, with some continuing the athletics paths they have pursued, while some veering away from the sports they have grown fond of.
For Lady Tennister Lenelyn Milo, it is time to look for another path.
Milo, a pivotal part of the Lady Tennisters’ four first runner-up finishes and a second-runner up squad, said she would focus on finding a job related to her course, Marketing Management.
The 21-year-old, who has been playing tennis since she was nine, said becoming a professional player is not in her plans as she wants to help her family back in Davao after graduating.
“I would still play, but if there is conflict with my work then my priority is still work. And I would prefer tournaments near [Davao] than tournaments in far places,” Milo said. “The culture in UST, you can bring it anywhere. [The culture] is one of the good teachings of UST [to me] that I can pretty much say is one of my strengths.”
Growling Tiger point guard Jamil Sheriff will make himself available in the Philippine Basketball Association draft next year.
The Fil-Canadian playmaker admits that he is still a work in progress, citing his three-point shooting.
“I guess the privileges of having free education in a really good school, also just being able to represent UST in the UAAP is a really big thing for me. I would say just all the students looking up to us because they really are big basketball fans and it is an honor playing in front of the UST community,” said Sheriff, who had been to the UAAP finals for two years.
For two-time UAAP judo Most Valuable Player Al Llamas, he has his eyes set on the biggest stage that athletes aspire — the Olympics.
“After graduation I’m planning to check and see where my career in judo will take me. Hopefully while I’m still fit, I’m planning to build and prepare myself for the 2020 Olympics. On the way I’m also planning to find a stable job which will match my training schedule ahead,” Llamas said.
The 23-year-old aims to have a marketing-inclined job and teach other people judo in his spare time.
Tiger Paddler Norielle Pantoja, who ended his stint with a championship and an MVP plum, said working in government agencies is his next target after finishing a degree in Economics.
“Maybe in my free time, I will still play since table tennis is something that will be hard to get out of my system,” said Pantoja.
After punctuating her UAAP stint with a Final Four finish, Golden Tigress Chloe Cortez is looking to take her volleyball career to the professional ranks as she is now training with Philippine Super Liga team Generika Lifesavers.
“Other than the PSL, I want to rest first. Volleyball will still be there but I will take a rest from adult duties,” Cortez said.
Outgoing Lady Fencers team captain Maylene Pailma, meanwhile, will stay in UST as she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
The Legal Management major said she would continue training and competing with hopes of entering the Philippine fencing team.