Hidilyn Diaz

Further Personal Information
Residence
Manila, PHI
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Serves in the Air Force, Student
Languages
English, Filipino, Tagalog
Higher education
Computer Science - University of Zamboanga: Philippines
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting at age 11 in Zamboanga, Philippines.
Why this sport?
"My cousins were weightlifters and I saw them lifting, in fact they were not lifting barbells, it was wood that looked like ipil-ipil [lead tree]. I thought, 'What are they doing? It looks like fun', and that's how I started."
Club / Team
Zamboanga: Philippines
Name of coach
Gao Kaiwen [personal], CHN, from 2018; Antonio Agustin [personal]
Training Regime
She trains at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila, the Philippines.
General Interest
Nicknames
Haidie (hidilyndiaz.ph, 18 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Antonio Agustin Jr. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)
Injuries
She was troubled by a shoulder injury in 2015 and early 2016. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)

She suffered a knee injury in 2014. (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to win, you have to work hard for it." (Athlete, 02 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
She received the Outstanding Young Men [TOYM] Award [presented to both male and female recipients] for 2017 by the Senate of the Philippines. (iwf.net, 14 Mar 2018)

She was named the 2016 Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association [PSA]. (bworldonline.com, 19 May 2017)

She received a plaque of recognition from the Armed Forces of the Philippines [AFP] in recognition of her silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gmanetwork.com, 22 Aug 2016)

She was flag bearer for the Philippines at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (olympic.org, Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
Her cousin Mary Flor Diaz has competed in weightlifting at national level in the Philippines. Her cousin Allen Jayfrus Diaz has coached the sport at regional level. (philstar.com, 12 Jul 2017; bworldonline.com, 19 May 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (philstar.com, 16 Aug 2016)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
She is the first weightlifter from the Philippines to win a gold medal at the Asian Games, having triumphed in the 53kg category at the 2018 Games in Indonesia. In 2016 she became the first female athlete representing the Philippines to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in weightlifting [53kg] in Rio de Janeiro. The previous year [2015] she had become the first female weightlifter representing the Philippines to finish on the podium at the world championships when she took three bronze medals in Houston, TX, United States of America. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Sep 2018; iwf.net, 28 Aug 2018)

BUSINESS OWNER
In 2017 she opened a weightlifting gym in Zamboanga, Philippines. "My main goal is to help out kids in my hometown and realise their dream in weightlifting. This sport could change their lives and hopefully they could become just like me in the future." (bworldonline.com, 19 May 2017; sunstar.com.ph, 11 May 2017)

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