By Bohol Island News Staff | 11:33 AM December 4, 2019
Boholano athlete Diana Timbal Bühler and her team won two gold medals in the biggest sporting meet in the Southeast Asian region.
The obstacle racer has come a long way as she and her team (Jeff Reginio, Nathaniel Sanchez and Klymille Keilah Rodriguez) won the two gold medals in the Obstacle Sports/Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Mixed Team Relay 400-meters event of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at Filinvest City Alabang on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.
The Philippine obstacle team delivered with four gold medals in the sport’s debut in the 2019 SEA Games.
Team Malaysia won silver, while Team Indonesia won bronze.
Obstacle Sports/ Obstacle Course Racing , which is fast gaining popularity worldwide, is set to make its Southeast Asian Games debut. It is a sport in which a competitor, traveling on foot, must overcome various physical challenges that are in the form of obstacles.
The half Swiss-Filipino grew up in Barangay Ubujan in Tagbilaran City and Alicia where her mother Virginia hails from.
His father, Hans Peter Bugler Bühler, is from Zurich, Switzerland.
She has an older brother named Andy.
When Diana came to Manila five years ago, she couldn’t understand Tagalog because her mother is from Bohol and her father is from Switzerland. Today, she can catch up very well in Bisaya and Tagalog.
According to the Pilipinas Sports Obstacle Federation (PSOF), Diana used to play volleyball for two years when she was 16.
She was never really into sports before because of her allergies and skin asthma, which makes the skin very itchy when she’s sweating. She gained weight because of her office job so she decided to change her lifestyle.
Diana started working out in the gym but got bored easily until she heard about OCR which made her curious.
Although she mastered very few obstacles when she first started, it amazed her how much her body has changed after a while.
It was a rough start but she always told herself:””Kaya ko yan some day””, PSOF quoted her.
She also competed in Lake Tahoe, a very emotional, most memorable and hardest race for her.
Last May, she competed in the Spartan 2019 SEA Regional Series where she won first place.
She also won the Overall Age Group South East Asia Series.