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Bachmann underscores women athletes’ role in PH sports agenda

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WOMEN IN SPORTS. Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richard Bachmann underscores the vital contributions of women athletes in pushing for the country’s sports development agenda. PSC PHOTO

The Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richard Bachmann recently underscored the significant contributions of women athletes in driving forward the country’s sports development agenda. 

Speaking at the inaugural Women in Sports Awards held at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum last Wednesday Night, Bachmann emphasized the pivotal role of women athletes in shaping the local sporting landscape.

“Your contribution to the country is seen and felt by everybody. The community of champions you have established is what we need in advancing our agenda and platforms for all athletes,” Bachmann stressed, acknowledging the invaluable impact of women athletes on Philippine sports.

Addressing the awardees, Bachmann expressed his hope that the recognition would serve as inspiration for them to continue performing at their best and upholding the values of dedication and commitment to the sporting community.

In particular, Bachmann singled out Commissioner Olivia “Bong” Coo, a former bowling great, for her instrumental role in organizing the event and ensuring that the deserving athletes were honored accordingly.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the Senate Sports Committee Chair, echoed Bachmann’s sentiments during the gala event jointly organized by the PSC and the Philippine Council on Women in celebration of International Women’s Month. Go praised the strength, dedication, and passion of Filipino women athletes, highlighting their contributions to uplifting the spirit and prestige of the nation both locally and internationally.

“We recognize that the journey of our Filipina athletes is one of relentless perseverance and pain. These qualities not only define their paths to excellence but also inspire us all,” added Senator Go, underscoring the resilience and determination displayed by women athletes.

Senator Pia Cayetano, a staunch advocate of women in sports, awarded the Athletes of the Year accolades to tennis player Alex Eala and football forward Sarina Bolden, recognizing their outstanding athletic achievements with a cash incentive of P100,000 each.

The event also saw the presentation of over 46 major awards to national women athletes across various sports categories, as well as commendations for sports executives, coaches, nutritionists, trainers, and sports psychologists who have made significant contributions to the field.

Notable attendees included weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo, the country’s sole gold Olympic medalist achieved during the Tokyo Summer Games in 2021, who received the Flame Award. Other awardees included world women’s world 10-ball champion Chezka Centeno, Asian weightlifting silver medalist Vanessa Sarno, and Seoul Olympic Games gold medalist Arianne Cerdena, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award after traveling from the US to accept the honor.

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