Diaz, Colonia feted for SEA Games honor PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 11:40

Mayor Beng Climaco Monday feted weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia for their remarkable feats in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Weightlifting Championships held in Thailand June 26.

“Gracias con Dios por el honor ya dale canaton si Hidilyn Diaz y Nestor Colonia. Ta dale gayot ustedes inspiracion canamon y este ta dale mira cay world class el di aton maga atleta Zamboangueño,” Mayor    Climaco said during a special ceremony held in honor of the two SEA Games medallists Monday morning in front of City Hall.

Diaz was a gold medallist in the 53 kg category and Colonia won a bronze medal in the 56 kg category.

Mayor Climaco proudly said that it took 20 years for the Philippines to have a gold medal in the field of weightlifting particularly in the SEA Games through Hidilyn Diaz. She likewise presented to the two athletes, in the presence of their families, the symbolic checks representing the city’s cash incentives for their feats.

Diaz will receive P150,000 while Colonia will get P75,000 as provided in Ordinance 231.

Meanwhile, Climaco appealed for continuous prayers and support to the two athletes who are set to join more international competitions soon. Diaz is set to undergo the qualifying rounds for the Brazil Olympics.

As of 2013-2015 the Zamboanga City Weightlifting Club has produced  12 national athletes, 2 national coaches, 3 regional coaches and a Vice President for the Philippine Weightlifting Association.

Accompanying Diaz and Colonia during the heroes’ welcome ceremonies were coaches Prof. Elbert Atilano Sr. who is the vice president of the SEA weightlifting federation and Philippine Weightlifting Association; Alfonsito Aldanete, head coach national team; Gregorio Colonia- national coach; Alvin de los Santos- regional coach (represented by coach Diwa delos Santos); Allen Jayfrus Diaz- regional coach and Daniel Agustin- regional coach.

Also present during the ceremony was Councilor Roel Natividad who is the Council chair for the Committee on youth and sports and City Sports Division Chief Dr. Cecille Atilano.

After the special ceremony in front of City Hall, Mayor Climaco treated the athletes together with their coaches and relatives to a sumptuous breakfast at the City Hall conference room.  A  motorcade around the city’s major thoroughfares followed. — Sheila Covarrubias