SENATE COMMENDS FIRST-EVER WOMAN AND FILIPINA TO RECEIVE THE WBC TRAINER’S BELT
THE Senate has adopted a resolution commending Rachel Marcial-Donaire for being the first woman and Filipina to receive the World Boxing Council trainer’s belt.
Senate Resolution 983, authored by Senator Pia Cayetano, gives recognition to Rachel Donaire, the wife and woman behind the success of renowned Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire Jr.
WBC trainer’s belt is a recognition granted by the council to every trainer who crowns a WBC champion, a green title strap inspired by the towel that trainers wear in the corner.
Donaire praised his wife for being ‘the voice in the corner’ following his triumph last May 2021 for the WBC Bantamweight Title against French Boxer Nordine Oubaali.
Donaire’s recent victory crowned him as a four-division conqueror and a three-time bantamweight champion, which also made his wife the first-ever woman head trainer to coach a world champion.
Aside from being a trainer, Rachel Donaire proved her strength in taekwondo as she landed a spot in the USA collegiate team and national teams of the Philippines and the United States.
She eventually became a military taekwondo champion in 2002 after joining the US Air Force.
The Filipina trainer is also an advocate of women’s rights, supporting organizations that are helping battered women and children.
“Rachel Donaire is a leading example of a strong Filipina, as she inspires fellow women by her ability to efficiently juggle her roles as a mother, wife, manager, strength and conditioning coach, and now as Nonito Donaire’s head coach,” said Cayetano.