SHE was just a young girl who would read the sports section of the Sunday newspaper. Now, Rizza Diaz has her own column called, "From The Sidelines."
Diaz recalled how her father would reward her with a sip of coffee for a job well done reading the news.
"I went from that kid na sasabay kay Papa magbabasa ng Sunday newspaper, bibigay niya sa akin 'yung sports section at babasahin ko nang malakas to practice my speech," Diaz shared to SPIN Life. "Pag magaling ako se-share niya kape niya sa akin, Sunday ritual namin 'yun."
Little did she know that it was the start of her love for everything about sports — from watching the game to telling the stories behind the heroes she grew up watching.
Diaz was in high school when she first tried her luck, but was turned down because she "didn't look good" then. Good thing the petite sports fan has a much bigger dream and braver heart to go at it again.
It was in 2007 when she first started her career as courtside reporter for National University in the UAAP and the rest, as they say, is history.
"It's a big blessing. I'm still sometimes in disbelief that all that I've dreamt of is happening. Makes you believe more in God's plan and timing talaga," she said. "It's a big opportunity to really fulfill my dream to share sports stories that educate, entertain and inspire. I can now to pretty much all sports fans coming from all walks of life, different generations with different preferences sa medium that they get their news from."
Despite being on camera for more than a decade and on the radio since early this year, Diaz admitted that the learning never stops.
"That's true, print is different from TV and radio, and to be honest, ang tagal na ng offer na ito. But I was very hesitant to do it because I've watched and learned from the very best in the industry for years," she said. "Tambay ako ng pressroom. I see lahat ng bigatin na writers from from of all kinds of publications work so very hard on their craft, nakaka-intimidate."
She continued: "But again, little did I know that was practice na pala for me. I learned and continously learn from the best and most humble writers that over the years have not been only colleagues but very good friends."
After everything that has happened to her, Diaz is a firm believer of the saying, "God won't plant a dream in your heart without giving you the ability to achieve it."