Fille Claudine Cainglet last played competitive basketball a decade ago, but her dreams of playing basketball professionally never faded away.
That is why when the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) opened its door for a rookie draft, Cainglet took a leap of faith and joined the pool.
To her surprise, Cainglet, a doctor by profession, was picked first overall by the Glutagence Glow Boosters in the WNBL Draft on February 13 while on duty in the operating room.
Cainglet, a premiere point guard in the UAAP during her college days, is viewed by her colleagues as a role model and inspiration inside and outside the hardcourt.
“As Kobe Bryant said, ‘greatness is being able to inspire other people’. If I am an inspiration to them during this pandemic, I am happy to be that inspiration,” Cainglet said in the Boosters’ media conference on Thursday.
Cainglet, sister of volleyball star Fille Saint Merced Cainglet-Cayetano, played college ball for the University of the Philippines from 2006 to 2010.
“I’m happy to be a role model for younger generations to inspire them to do anything you put your mind to. I’m happy to be that role model for them,” she added. “I’m very happy to achieve where I am now but everything was because of hard work. I think in the basketball field nothing comes value without hard work, same as in the medical field.”
Cainglet started playing hoops when she was just three years old. Now at 32, she is working hard to get back in shape and contribute for the Glutagence Glow Boosters when the WNBL season begins.
Cainglet is likewise grateful for the WNBL, which was granted pro status by the Games and Amusements Board in August last year, for investing in women’s basketball.