Hidilyn Diaz

Queen Hidilyn: Diaz more than just an Olympic champion

Queen Hidilyn: Diaz more than just an Olympic champion
Hidilyn Diaz has used her voice as the Philippines' first Olympic gold medalist to uplift women, raise awareness on social issues, and champion athletes' needs

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz has come a long way from a 17-year-old first-time Olympian in Beijing 2008 to the Philippines’ maiden gold medalist in the Summer Games in Tokyo 2020.

Knowing people look up to her as a role mode, Diaz – now 30 – has used her influence to effect change not just in sports but beyond.

The Zamboangueña continues to uplift women, raise awareness on social issues, and champion athletes’ needs, proving that she is more than just an Olympic champion. – Delfin Dioquino/Rappler.com