SINGAPORE – The charming Rizza Diaz is having the time of her life being part of Sports5’s television crew covering the country’s campaign in the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The coverage marks an important career step out of the comfort zone for Diaz, who veers away from her usual duties as courtside reporter in PBA games.
Instead of basketball superstars, she gets to hobnob with gymnasts, tracksters, fencers, among others, in chronicling their journey as she covers the biennial meet for the very first time.
“Nakakapagod. Pero fulfilling na parang hindi rin ako makapaniwala na nandito ako,” said Diaz when Spin.ph caught up with her on Friday at the main press center located at the National Stadium.
Diaz, part of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women list last year, said the first few days of the SEA Games were hectic for the Sports5 crew, which at times needed to cover four events in a day and move from one venue to another through Singapore’s efficient public transport system.
“I was covering from one venue to another. Walang service. Nagte-train or nagbu-bus kami. Then, lakad ng malayo,” said Diaz.
“I carry with me a backpack. I have my ID, shorts, and rubber shoes. Napapagkamalan akong Grade 5,” the petite TV personality added with a big smile.
There have been a few up and downs in covering meet live on site, Diaz shared.
“There are ups and downs lalo na kapag you are covering tapos may na-miss ka na sport tapos biglang maganda ang results. Malungkot ka rin na nandoon ka tapos biglang natalo or silver. Nararamdaman mo rin ‘yung emotion ng mga atleta,” Diaz shared.
After her near-misses of witnessing a Filipino athlete win a gold, Diaz finally was at the right place at the right time on Friday when she covered Christopher Ulboc's victory in the men's 3,000-m steeplechase.
Nevertheless, she’s glad to have gained multiple experience covering a multisport event like the SEA Games.
“Overall, as a reporter, I’m very honored to be part of the team na pinadala dito. I’m learning so much from the writers, people with 15 years of experience, 11 years of experience covering the SEA Games. It’s my rookie year and I hope I get another chance dahil sobrang ganda and fulfilling ‘yung experience.
“I’ve learned sports I’ve not been covering. Overall, masaya and thankful all in the hopes na sana, nabigyan ko ng hustisya ‘yung tiwala (nila sa akin),” said Diaz.