The Bleachers


Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz told students that there is no magic in being successful in sports.

/ 12 September 2021

Diaz said to achieve their dreams, they should work consistently.

Pwede nating i-reach iyong dream natin basta you really have to be consistent. Wala naman po magic sa life. Kahit sa sports, walang magic. Hindi iyong pag gising niyo, maabot na ang dream. Kailangan talaga to work consistently and diligently,” she said in Department of Education’s (DepEd) virtual “Pinoy Sports Heroes: The Ultimate Balik Eskwela Sportscon.”

Meanwhile, Olympian pole vaulter EJ Obiena said that time management is a secret to success.

“I remember, my first university coach told me, ‘You’re a student, then an athlete. I understand that your scholarship depends on you being an athlete, but you will not be able to perform that responsibility if you don’t fill first the shoe of a student,'” he shared.

“It’s tricky to find that balance, to be able to actually do both (studying and being an athlete), but it’s not impossible. There’s a little bit of sacrifice you have to do… I have no regrets, it’s an experience of a lifetime,” he added.

Olympic medalists Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam, and Nesthy Petecio, as well as top Filipino gymnast Carlos Yulo, offered virtual greetings to pupils, telling them that “nothing is impossible for those who do not give up.”