Southeast Asian Games gold-winning cyclist Marella Salamat headlines the Philippine Sports Commission’s Rise Up! Shape Up! episode on Saturday, February 26 to inspire Filipinos in taking up cycling to boost a healthy lifestyle.
Salamat is known for taking home the gold medal for the Philippines in competitive cycling during the 2015 edition of the biennial sports event and winning the bronze in the 2016 World University Cycling Championship women’s road race event.
The champion cyclist shifted to the sport in 2013 from bowling after encouragement from national cycling coach Cesar Lobramonte.
Women in Sports Commissioner Celia Kiram emphasizes that biking can also be a sports activity aside from being a social activity.
“It is a hope that the increasing interest in it so that a lot more can be involved in this sport aside from being a physical activity that can make Filipinos healthy,” she shared.
She cites Salamat as an example of a competitive cyclist who can inspire Filipinos to take the sport on.
The episode also features an inspiring talk on the Cycles of Life, and how to embrace changes from book author Grace Eleazar, who wrote The Soul Speaks and A Gift: A Spiritual Journey on Love.