Title: Graham, the Invisible action man
By: GABRIEL G. MALAGAR
Graham Lim, the secretary-general of the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) is putting more action than words in helping to improve the sports in the country, particularly here in Cebu.
Like a wind that you can feel it's there but you cannot see, you can sense Graham's presence when you noticed school or universities from Cebu city are participating in international competitions. The latest school to go out of the country in Cebu for international competitions is University of San Jose Recoletos last week of October to November 5, 2017.
It was due to Lim's backing that the USJR Jaguars were able to participate in the Xiamen College Basketball Tournament held in Xiamen, China where they finished at third place.
Bannered by veteran Coach Jun Noel and headed by USJR Athletic Director Father Nestor C. Raras, OAR who was very grateful to Lim saying it was the first time the Jaguars went out to participate in a collegiate-based international competition giving them a great experience.
Lim was the one who arranged the Jaguars' wonderful journey and they are just among the Cebu universities to have visited abroad due to Lim.
Literally, Lim is the invisible man but even without his physical presence, he manages to persuade the USJR Jaguars to join an international event without meeting all these guys in person, from the players, the coaching staff and Fr. Raras.
According to Father Raras, it was just a sense of trust upon hearing the name Graham negotiating for us to went out of the country, endorsing us (the Jaguars) with the China embassy in Cebu through his initiative, we just believe Graham will deliver us the main problem of getting a Chinese visa and surely with Graham's endorsement at the China Embassy gave us so much relief that we will surely be able to get our visa on time.
Others labeled Graham as like a ghost that even if they don't see him, you can feel him everywhere, people work around him and get directive or instructions from him.
Surprisingly, many people really follow him. Imagine, Lim is not here in the Philippines, yet he gained so much attention from everyone in sports, the main reason why things move in his favor is that person you really feel safe and feel secure working with him so that with his successes in handling tournaments, many hated him so much.
Trust and respect are perhaps the-very-main reasons why Lim has so many followers and supporters to his projects everywhere. In any place he visited---be it a small town or a big city province, people just came out very openly supporting what Graham would plan for any sports, not only basketball but practically all sports, you talk about table tennis, lawn tennis, archery, wushu, judo, badminton, and many more.
Lim has also so many contacts and supporters from the students who are enrolled in different universities and colleges elsewhere in the country who are asking tips of advises how to get involved in sports, not for monetary consideration but more on for the love of sports.
In the 2015 Universiade held in Gwangju, South Korea, this writer was among the three Filipino media-men who were sent to cover the games.
Even if one cannot see Lim personally, they can still sense that he is there. No one can talk to him directly but he is there texting his friends how to handle tournaments as he guides them through mental communication.
Many are still wondering how things happen without seeing Lim around. Lim said the reason why he is successful because he likes and trust honest people and he is not dealing with people who have tattered credibility. Sometimes we fail because of our wrong decision, especially selfish decision.
Graham Lim said that having many friends is the usual guide to success that's why he choose his friends whom he can trust. GABRIEL G. MALAGAR/