【OUTSM People】從南美洲出發,只為了划龍舟-愛台灣的 Gilberto

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Gilberto Rivera,潘俊仁,一位與台灣緣分很深的墨西哥人。

高中時期便因為扶輪社的交換計畫,首次踏上台灣這片土地,來到彰化的高中交換,也因而得到他的台灣名字「潘俊仁」。回墨西哥後,他念念不忘在台灣的生活,大學時期又再度申請交換。這次他來到了位於台北的政治大學,開始了他為期一年的交換生涯。

個性外向喜歡結交朋友的他說,他來到異國最喜歡的部份就是「人」。在這邊,每個人、每個價值觀、每段文化,都可以帶給他不同的衝擊和省思。

在交換期間,Gilberto被台灣好友邀請加入了當地划龍舟隊。開始了他每天五點準時到訓練場地和景美溪報到的生活。他說,加入龍舟隊除了可以讓他和本來的舊識感情變好,還可以認識一樣在政大求學的台灣學生,以及同樣跟他是交換生的外國人。

對他來說,可以跟來自四面八方的好友,在餓肚子練習划槳後吃一頓讓他飽到中午的早餐,是最快樂不過的事情了。

“I believe that life put people where they should be and we were there during that year.”

(我相信生命自己會帶領人到他應該在的地方,而剛好那一年我們都在那裡)

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I’m Gilberto and during my time in Taiwan, I was in the local Dragon boat team. Rowing dragon boat was our main exercise. I still can’t forget those days when we trained almost every day at 5 in the morning in order to be ready for the competition on Dragon Boat Festival.

(我是潘俊仁,我在台灣的時候有加入當地的龍舟隊。我們主要的運動就是去划龍舟。我到現在都還能清楚記得那些為了要在端午節的龍舟比賽得獎,每天早上五點就開始訓練的日子)

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I trained with some school friends, old folks and some foreigners that also joined the team. We first practiced in a row pool (a pool that stimulates the water flow of the river) and then when we became more skilled, we started to practice in a river near the university.

(我通常都跟我學校朋友、舊識、和也有加入龍舟隊的國外朋友一起訓練。我們一開始會在訓練池(可以模擬河川水流的池子)做訓練,之後等到我們技術比較好,我們就開始在大學附近的河裡面開始實際訓練)

We usually do some extra exercises before and after the training and had a really good breakfast after that that kept me full till lunch.

(我們通常在訓練前後都會做一些額外的運動,然後在訓練後一起飽餐一頓)

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After working hard for months, our efforts led us to the Taipei finals that year.

(經過幾個月下來的苦練,我們的努力終於讓我們進到當年台北決賽)

As I mentioned, ‘people’ is what I treasured most when I participated in these activities. I loved the time with those people, we made a nice family, and had a great time training.

(就像我提到的,「人」是讓我參加這些活動最珍惜的東西。我很喜歡和這些人相處的時光,我們就像一個很和樂的家庭,一起很開心的訓練)

Therefore, if there is an app like OUTSM that gathers people around your area and helps you find sports/exercise events near you. I would definitely be the first one to sign up for it. The concept of providing a platform for whoever wants to do sports with others is quite brilliant and worth a try. Especially when there is a chance that you may meet other good sports companions via the platform.

(因此,如果有像OUTSM這樣的app,可以把你周遭的人們都聚集起來,幫助你找到所在地點附近的運動或體育活動,我肯定會第一個參加報名。這樣一個提供想要與其他人一起運動揪團的概念非常的棒也值得一試。尤其是你可能可以透過這個平台來結交其他跟你一樣愛好運動的夥伴)

For me, doing sports or exercising is not just about yourself, it’s about the people you do it with. Your companions are who make the time you spend more precious and more enjoyable.

(對我來說,運動的重點不是只是自己,而是和你一同從事此項運動的夥伴。這些人才是能讓你感到在運動的這段時間更珍貴,更能樂在其中的主因)

 

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