Chris Tiu (’03) Speaks at the 4th International Sports Seminar in Rome

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Last 14-16 May 2015, the Church and Sport Office of the Pontifical Council for the Laity held the 4th International Seminar on “Coaches: Educating People” at Villa Aurelia, Rome. One of the speakers was Xavier alumnus and athlete Chris Tiu.

Below is my testimony on How Sports Changed my Life in the seminar organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity division of the Vatican. I have to say that it was a very enriching and inspiring seminar, which focused on the role of the coaches as life coaches more than just technical coaches. The presentations and discussions were very insightful. Maybe I will write another post about my learnings another time.

Good afternoon everyone, I am Chris Tiu from the Philippines. I am 29 years old and recently married. I wear a lot of different hats but I have to say that my profession as an athlete is something I take very seriously.

To give you an idea, basketball in my country can be likened to how football is in Europe & South America, how hockey is in Canada or how rugby is in New Zealand. Filipinos are just crazy about basketball.

For the complete testimony of Chris, click here.

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