PSA invite worth the weight for lifter Diaz | Inquirer Sports

PSA invite worth the weight for lifter Diaz

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 10:12 PM February 13, 2017

For so long, Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz wanted an invitation to attend the Philippine Sportswriters Association awards night gala.

She got her wish last year when she received a citation for winning a bronze in the World Championship.

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“I’ve always wanted to be here — even just to get an invitation,” said Diaz.

“In 2009, I only won a bronze in the SEA Games, but only the gold medalists were awarded so I didn’t get an invitation. That’s why being here is really special for me.”

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She got another invite Monday night–but this was by no means and ordinary invitation. Diaz was feted by the country’s oldest media organization as its Athlete of the Year at Le Pavillon in Pasay City.

Looking resplendent in a black sleeveless dress, Diaz couldn’t hide her excitement as she answered questions from the media in the red carpet.

By now, Diaz is already used to getting accolades for her feat in the Rio Olympics.

But she feels the PSA Athlete of the Year is her most special one yet.

“It’s a dream to win Athlete of the Year,” she said. “I’ve received a lot of awards the past few months, but this award means so much to me because this is something I’ve always wanted to win. And I’m with my fellow athletes.”

Diaz bagged a silver in weightlifting in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, ending a 20-year wait for a medal in the quadrennial Games.

“I’m grateful for the recognition,” said Diaz. “Nothing is impossible as long as you dream, you focus and you love your country.”

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