That bullying blur is none other than runner/model
If not for sports, Filipina runner and model Maureen Schrijvers might have been a bully who has terrorized school and playmates while growing up.
The 23-year-old De La Salle trackster admits she once pricked her kindergarten classmate’s forearm with a pencil that the same girl took from her.
“We were falling in line to get a pencil. And obviously as a kid you want the sharpest pencil, right? And I get there and I get the sharpest pencil and this girl beside me just grabs it from me and was like, ‘No this is mine!’ Like, what do you mean it’s yours?,” disclosed Schrijvers.
Schrijvers was fond of joining sprint races inside their school and almost always ends up beating her opponents, mostly, boys.
But thanks to the Filipina-Belgian’s involvement in athletics and having a strict but caring mother, Schrijvers, at a very young age, was able to decipher her actions.
“That got me to big trouble and my mom was like, ‘You’re so lucky I’m friends with the mom of the person,” said Schrijvers “I was mataray I would really fight anyone. Like they try to talk to me but when I feel like they’re imposing something, I would fight them.”
While many of her classmates and schoolmates consider her as ‘troublesome’, she would eventually shed that image after one coach spotted her running and convinced her to get into sports.
Schrijvers, during recess, was fond of joining sprint races inside their school and almost always ends up beating her opponents, mostly, boys.
When she finally joined her school’s athletics team and competed in several inter-school events, Schrijvers instantly discovered the best way not just to make her feel gratified in a particular activity but also found something that would make her channel most of her energy as a child.
Schrijvers is focused on making the national team roster and compete in the coming Southeast Asian Games this year.
“I think right after that first competition that I won and I saw how happy my coach was, and I saw how proud my mom was. I think it was my choice to focus on it,” said Schrijvers “Because before I joined track I was a little bit of a troubled child because of family issues and I was just a little bit rebellious. So I would fight teachers, I would fight everyone literally. I would walk out of class just because I was in the mood to walk out of class.”
Since then, Schrijvers focused on her sport and won several tournaments, including the Palarong Pambansa which jumpstarted her running career.
But a hamstring injury during her UAAP campaign wearing the De La Salle colors forced Schrijvers to take a break from the sport.
“I was not running for two years, I was surfing. I channeled my energy for something else. Until I joined a fun run competition as an alumna and I really had a good time because I was healthy. I was completely healed,” said Schrijvers “And that’s when my coach noticed me and I started training with him again.”
To date, Schrijvers is focused on making the national team roster and compete in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games which the country will be hosting this year.
“Some people think you’re in it for the money or you’re in it for the fame. There’s no money and there’s no fame here. This is what I have to do and I wanna prove something – not just to myself – but to the people that I guess I disappointed when I wasn’t in good shape,” added Schrijvers.
Schrijvers is not yet officially part of the national team but she is hopeful her determination would convince sports officials to consider her to be part of the team.
“I’m not gonna give up. If you give me – let’s say in a relay – if you give me the baton and we’re 7th, I promise you I’m gonna fight even if we end up 7th,” said Schrijvers.
“But I’m gonna make sure I catch someone in that line. And not everyone’s like that. A lot of people give up at a certain point. They see how far your opponent is and automatically like, it’s too far I won’t make it,” added Schrijvers “I don’t think anyone is as motivated because I have something to fight for because of the past injuries that I had and I wanna prove something – not just to myself but to my family.”