Senate honors boxing trainer Rachel Donaire
The Senate on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, passed a resolution honoring Rachel Marcial Donaire for being the first woman and Filipino to receive the honorary coach belt from the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Senator Pia Cayetano, godmother of the measure, says Rachel Marcial Donaire is the woman behind the defensive strategies of famed Filipino boxer Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr., who is a four-division conqueror and three-time heavyweight champion rooster.
“It put Rachel Donaire in an unprecedented position as she became the first female head coach to coach a world champion,” Cayetano said, adding that the WBC coaching belt is given to boxing trainers and coaches. recognized for their valuable work alongside legendary boxing champions.
Senate Motion for Resolution No. 983 honors Rachel Donaire as “a leading example of a strong Filipina, as she inspires her fellow women with her ability to effectively juggle her roles as mother, wife, manager, strength and conditioning coach, and now Nonito Donaire, the head coach.”
Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri expressed support for the measure, saying “we should have more women in all areas, not just as fighters or as athletes themselves. , but as educators, trainers or sports specialists”.
Following his May 2021 win for the WBC world bantamweight title over French boxer Nordine Oubaali in Carson, Calif., Nonito Donaire paid tribute to his wife and trainer, Rachel Donaire, whom he described as “the voice of the corner”, being the only one he could hear during the night of the championship.
“I am proud and honored to sponsor this measure commending and commending Rachel Donaire for forging her own path, a path hitherto uncharted by women,” Cayetano said.