“Champions are not made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them, a desire, a dream, a vision. They must have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

– Muhammad Ali

On 14-16th of April 2017, UMY has sent their students to join a Taekwondo Championship held by Mayor of Yogyakarta. The Mayor’s Cup was held at Amongrogo Sports Center Yogyakarta. Participating in this event were 1036 Taekwondo Athletes from several cities in Indonesia including Yogya, Bali, Gorontalo, and Jakarta.

At the end of this event, UMY has won decisively with 7 Golds, 7 Silvers, and 10 Bronzes. Surprisingly, most of the athletes sent by UMY were Freshmen. Asep Maulana the Chief of Taekwondo Club at UMY mentioned “The preparation was about two months. Tryouts and Sparring were held in collaboration with Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang and we also trained with UNS last month. Right before we depart for the competition, we held a praying together with the orphans at their place”, he said. UMY Students who won the gold medals are Didik Fahmi Lasodi (Akuntansi 2014), Yusril Ihza (HI 2016), Muhammad Anarki (Pertanian 2016), Intan Nadya (KKI 2016), Candra Kusuma (Manajemen 2015), Afiatika (IGOV 2016) dan Lisa Yanuarti (PBI 2015).

One of the students shining in this competition, Afiyatika Mufidati, an IGOV Students from batch 2016 who had been previously won a gold medal despite resulted in an injury to her left leg. “In this second semester, I am very grateful to God for giving me a strength and allowed me to accept the offer so I could present a second gold medal for my parents and university. Previously, I never thought to join the championship again this year.” Said Afiya.

Despite a suggestion from a doctor to stop from being an athlete, caused by her injury during a preparation for Bali International Taekwondo Competition, Afiya accepted an offer from the University to join the Mayor’s Cup and insisted on remaining as an athlete.

Injury was not only her problem that tried to back her off from getting another gold medal, the student from Kebumen West-Java told us, “It’s a little difficult to manage when I decide to go back to being an athlete again, because I have to share my time between lectures and (organizations) meetings. In addition to the time-sharing constraints, I had to go back and forth between Yogyakarta and Kebumen because my father was sick and took risks when he attended at the Training Center at that time, yet I was still not fully recovered from my injury and I had to train on almost every day.” she explained.

Her determination and persistence had finally brought her to a glory when she was almost lost during final,  “I almost lost from an athlete who came from the INSTIPER’s (An Oil Palm Institute at Yogya), because at the time my left foot can not function properly. But at the last moment I was able to bring the name of UMY in the first rank, and at that time I am very grateful to God because I was still given the opportunity to bring a second gold medal for the university”, said Afiya.

With her achievement on the second gold medal, she aims to win another at the Presidential Cup. “My motto who brought me to this place was man jadda wa jadda (whoever strives, shall succeed), and for me, there is no good result betrayed by a hard work”, she said.