Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Triathlete Diego Moya is elected athlete of the year by the UC Sports Club

The athlete Diego Moya Chamorro was chosen athlete of the year in the traditional award ceremony of the Catholic University Sports Club (CDUC) , after his historic participation in the Tokyo Olympic Games (30th place) and the U23 Triathlon World Cup (4th ), disputed in Edmonton, Canada.

The young promise of the Chilean triathlon, who came to the club in 2010, occupies the first place in the national ranking of his specialty. This year he also achieved 4th place Elite and 1st place U23 in the Americas Triathlon Championship in Saint George, Utah , 1st place Elite in the Americas Triathlon Cup and South Americas Championship in Valdivia and 3rd place Elite in the Americas Triathlon Cup in Santiago.

During the quarantine periods, Diego Moya stood out for his work and perseverance. He made a great effort to continue with his indoor training, which allowed him to travel to the most important international events of his discipline and to mark a new milestone for the local triathlon.

The ceremony also recognized those who made up the list of nominees for each branch for the best athlete of the year. These were Gonzalo Llantén (Aeromodelling), Ivana Gallardo (Athletics), Deiker Salcedo (Basketball), Cristián Miranda (Horse Riding), Jael Román (Field Hockey), Enrique Domínguez (Swimming), José Tomás Munita (Rugby), Almudena Bauza (Ski ), Martina Alcaíno (Tennis) and Samuel Díaz (Volleyball).

During the quarantine periods, Diego MoyaHe stood out for his work and perseverance. He made a great effort to continue with his indoor training, which allowed him to travel to the most important international events of his discipline and to mark a new milestone for the local triathlon.

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Among the most relevant sporting milestones and achievements of 2021, meanwhile, the club awarded Cruzados for their four-time championship, the Adult Lawn Hockey for their Opening and Closing titles, the triathlete Matías Opitz, the Ski UC in its children’s category, the basketball player and national team Aitor Pickett Heerwagen, pole vaulter Javiera Contreras and athlete Martina Weil for their silver medals at the Junior Pan American Games in Cali.

Likewise, the CDUC sporting event awarded Ana María Lecumberri and Ignacio Vergara, both UC Triathlon coaches, as the best coaches of 2021. The pair has contributed to the training and progress of outstanding athletes and national teams.

In parallel, the ceremony made for the first time the nomination of the new Knights Crusaders, which are made up of partners, leaders and athletes who have contributed to the club. Among the new members who will be invested in April next year, stand out Carlos Williamson, Luis Larraín, Lisandro Serrano, Luis Gimeno, Daniela Infante, Hernán de Solminihac, Armando Sánchez, Marco Antonio Verni, Cristián Álvarez, José Luis González, Alberto Federico Acosta and Carla Herencia.

The CDUC sporting event awarded Ana María Lecumberri and Ignacio Vergara, both UC Triathlon coaches, as the best coaches of 2021. The pair has contributed to the training and progress of outstanding athletes and national teams.

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Closing a cycle
As is tradition in the club, each time a president closes his cycle in office, he is presented with a symbol. In this case, José Manuel Vélez Sainte-Marie received from the foundation a statuette created by the sculptor Fernanda Cerda, called “Sagrado Corazón de Jesús”.

The highest representative of the CDUC, who took office in 2014, has been identified for a large part of his life with the club, first as an athlete and then as a leader of the Basketball Branch. In 2005 he joined the Sports Commission of the institution and a year later his board of directors was added.

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