By Erma Edera
Hidilyn Diaz’s parents traveled all the way from Zamboanga to watch their daughter compete for the first time. And it was all worth it after Diaz snatched her first ever gold after dominating the women’s weightlifting (55 kg) in the 30th Southeast Asian games.
Emelita Diaz, Hidilyn’s mother, said they arrived in Manila last Nov. 30 and that she was happy to witness the win of her daughter in her own country.
“Masayang masaya ako, malaking karangalan siya para sa bansa,” she said while holding the tarpaulin of the champion weighlifter at the stage of Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
Emelita said the moment the competition started at 4p.m. on Monday, she started feeling nervous to the point that she lost her appetite.
“Nerbyosa talaga ako but we are very inspired because this is the first time na napanood namin si Hidilyn lalo na sa SEA games,” she said.
On the other hand, Eduardo Diaz, Hidilyn’s father, said he is confident her daughter is prepared to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Sobrang saya ng pakiramdam ko sa na-achieve ni Hidilyn. Kayang-kaya niya na ang Olympics,” he said.
Hidilyn admitted that she was also nervous because of her parents’ presence during the competition.
“Kinakabahan ako kasi nga hindi alam ng nanay at tatay ko kung gaano kataas yung expectation at pressure pagdating sa platform,” Diaz said.
“It’s a good thing nandito sila…nandiyan sila, hindi ko alam gagawin ko pero at the end of the day inisip ko na ready ako, at saka God’s powerful champion ako,” she added.
Hidilyn lifted a combined 211-kg – 91 kg in the snatch and 120 kg in the clean-and-jerk.