Hidilyn Diaz among Ten Outstanding Young Men 2017 awardees
Hidilyn Diaz was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men awardees by the JCI Foundation for 2017. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Hidilyn Diaz capped off a spectacular 2017 with another award in her ever-growing trophy case as she was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardees for the year.
The Zamboanga native was recognized for her outstanding effort in the field of sports, which includes her numerous awards in weighlifting.
Diaz, the first Filipino olympic medalist since "Onyok" Velasco in 1996, won bronze and silver in the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Anaheim, California last December.
Diaz posted her appreciation of winning the prestigious award on Instagram, recognizing her opportunity to become a role model for not just women, but for all Filipinos.
To be one of the TOYM Awardee it means something to me! It's hard to explain, but it's something that I'm proud of. To be an inspiration to youth, women, athlete and Filipino are the difference I want to make. I want them to know success is not an easy thing. You need to have a brave, courageous and strong mind. You need to work hard on the things you want to achieve. And lastly, you need to have strong faith in our God. #TOYMAwardee #hidilyndiaz #olympism #olympics #weightlifting #weightliftingawareness #philippineAthlete #proudtobePinoy
Diaz notes that she had to go through a lot of adversity to get where she is today, which her determination was strengthened by her faith.
The Ten Outstanding Young Men Awards is an annual award given by the JCI Philippines Foundation since 1958, which recognizes the excellence of young Filipinos in the fields of Agricultural & Aquaculture, Arts, Banking, Business, Community Development, Sports, Economics, Education, Government Service, Journalism, Law, Literature, Medicine and Science & Technology.
Despite its name, the TOYM recognizes both men and women, as long as they pass the criteria of excellence, and their impact on the cultural landscape through their various deeds.
Among those joining Diaz in this year's awardees are ABS-CBN News' Chiara Zambrano, Cirilo Javier, Byron Allatog, Eguenio Mende, Ronald Reyes, Jason Sibug, and Mark Torres.