For most people, Sundays often mean a day of rest in preparation for the upcoming work week. For Diversify last November 20th, it was a different kind of Sunday as our annual Sportsfest went underway.
Held at the British School Manila (BSM) in Taguig, the event was attended by staff from both Makati and BGC who were looking to both show-off their competitive spirit and to also have fun as well.
Everybody dance now!
Despite an early call time of 7:00 am for registration (and on a Sunday no less!), participants and spectators alike from our two offices were out in full force and eager to get things started. As a prelude to the event, a special dance session for everyone presented started the day off. It was a unique but effective warm up that set the bar for the day ahead. After a morning prayer, some opening remarks from our organisers and the taking of the oath of sportsmanship, it was time for the games to begin.
Ball is life
Up first was the volleyball game that ended up being incredibly competitive. Slated as a first-to-three sets game, both teams pushed each other to their limits that it took all five sets before a winner was decided. It was an exciting back and forth game, and in the end, the Diversify Blue Team took the final set.
Afterwards, players and spectators moved to a different area of BSM’s gymnasium to watch the basketball game. As one of the most popular sports in the Philippines, Diversify has no shortage of passionate basketball fans and players who had long talked about playing (or even just watching) this highly anticipated game, even weeks before Sportsfest! Much like the volleyball game before it, everyone played with heart, and you could clearly see everyone was having a good time on and off the court. With a final score of 69-63 favouring the Blue Team as well, it was a close game that certainly delivered and maybe even exceeded people’s expectations.
While this was all going on, badminton nets were set up for anyone who wanted to play with friends or even just give it a try. Even if there were no prizes or medals to be awarded for this event, everyone that participated in the game showed that it was more about having fun and enjoying this event with their Diversify family.
Everything is better with friends
Medals and prizes were handed out to the winners just before the Sportsfest’s closing ceremonies. Despite not seeing each other on a regular basis, it was wonderful to see the teams that participated were comprised of different staff members from both offices. It was awesome to see the camaraderie shown by everyone who participated. Although some left without medals, it was not about winning; it was about being together and having fun in a team environment.
In her opening remarks, our People and Culture Manager Diana emphasised seeing the Sportsfest as a way of unwinding from our usual work routine. It presented us opportunities to not only learn more about the people from the other office but to also inspire others while also being inspired by them.
Indeed, whether you were there to play or to cheer friends on, everyone felt like a winner, and there were no real losers that emerged when it was all over. Even if it meant coming in on a day off, the enthusiasm and eagerness displayed by the Diversify staff was truly inspiring, with anticipation for next year’s Sportsfest already building up. With new ideas being formed and the prospect of new faces being present for it, the 2017 Diversify Sportsfest couldn’t come soon enough.