ERNIE GAWILAN

An inspirational swimmer who is inspiring change in others.

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His Sport Impossible

When it comes to transformational journeys, there aren't many greater than that taken by this Paralympian. Ernie was scouted by a coach while struggling to teach himself to swim in the sea. Within just a few years, he found himself in second place at the Philippine Olympic Festival. He then went from success to success, winning three bronze medals at the 2014 Asian Para Games, followed by a gold at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. In the most recent Asian Para Games held in 2018, he’s won two gold and three silver medals.

“I want to show that I can turn my disability into something positive.”

His Social Impossible

Ernie's life experience has shown him that a little help can go a long way. And he knows that swimming is just one way his community uses water. In order to sustain this precious source of wellbeing and income for everyone, he has embarked upon another journey — to clean up the waterways around his home town, and create a better environment for all. We at Toyota also believe in creating a cleaner world, so we are with him every step of the way.

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