Filipina Who Crowdfunded Her Way To Worlds Wins Gold
Blue Belt Meggie Ochoa won gold in the Rooster category of the 2015 IBJJF World Jiu Jitsu Championships this past weekend.
The Atos Jiu Jitsu fighter was able to earn $4000 dollars for a plane ticket, registration and accommodations through crowdfunding. She didn’t use the major crowdfunding platforms (kickstarter, indiegogo, gofundme) but rather utilized, MAKEACHAMP.com to get the job done!
“I don’t know where to begin,” the athlete writes on Facebook. “It’s all still so surreal to me.
“Last year, this was all just a dream to me. I had no international competition experience, took a leap of faith, and crowdfunded my way to the world championships as a white belt through MAKEACHAMP.com. That marked the beginning of our shared journey.”
“With the ultimate goal of being a world champion at every belt level, I made a promise to keep the dream alive as long as I live and to share with you all the struggles and triumphs along the way.”
“Now, WE won the gold in 2 out of 5 belt levels! OUR hand was raised yesterday at the worlds as a blue belt!”
It just goes to show that anything can be accomplished if you have the will, drive and determination! Congrats Meggie!