Huelgas, Ochoa guest in PSC online sports summit

CHAMPION national athletes Nikko Huelgas and Meggie Ochoa (inset) will lead the discussion in session 10 on Wednesday of the 2021 National Sports Summit of the Philippine Sports Commission.

CHAMPION national athletes Nikko Huelgas and Meggie Ochoa will lead the discussion in session 10 on Wednesday of the 2021 National Sports Summit of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Titled “Making a Mark Through Sports,” the session will see two-time Southeast Asian Games triathlon gold medallist Huelgas and Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games gold winner for jiu-jitsu Ochoa share their respective career journeys in sports and how these have honed them as persons.

The two athletes have been very active making a difference during this time of the pandemic, adding further dimension to their talk.

Mr. Huelgas is a member of the Philippine Air Force and stood at the frontlines during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the session, he is expected to discuss, too, their programs and plans in the Athlete’s Commission of the Philippine Olympic Committee where he is an official.

Ms. Ochoa, meanwhile, is the ambassador of child’s rights-based organization Plan International Philippines and founder of the Fight to Protect Movement, which focuses on addressing child sexual violence through sports-related efforts.

“We are excited to bring in the session of our champion athletes Nikko Huelgas and Meggie Ochoa. Their sports excellence and achievements really made a big impact in the country. We hope that our participants will get inspiration from their stories and eventually, they will also make a change in their respective fields.” said PSC chief of staff and National Sports Summit project director Marc Velasco of their guests.

Session 10 of the National Sports Summit starts at 1 p.m.

The summit is aimed at taking insights of different sports stakeholders and using those as foundations in crafting a sustainable and workable short to long-term plan for Philippine sports.

The PSC said all data gathered from the web series will be processed and studied to create a new set of resolutions to be presented to sports leaders for action. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo