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Christopher Aninzo improvises to stay in shape amid global lockdown

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THE CNMI’s Christopher Aninzo, who is back on island, says he is improvising to keep in shape for his upcoming season with the i2i International Soccer Academy for which he will play as a goalkeeper.

“I have been focusing on my diet, training closely with the national team in the morning, and working on cardio in the afternoon,” he said in an interview with Variety. “We have online video sessions Tuesdays and we also train in small groups at the Koblerville field facility. My academy sends workouts as well”

Christopher Aninzo is about to pass the ball to a teammate during a 2020 British University and College Sports home game.

He said he is also “keeping my mental health sharp by reading books that inspire and relate to me — this has assisted me in balancing my physical, emotional, and mental well-being.”

Aninzo, who played for the CNMI’s national soccer team, said the academy he attends in York, England has six teams and belongs to two leagues — British University and College Sports and West Riding FA Development League U23.

 “The two leagues I’m currently in are equivalent to a Division-II level in the U.S.,” he added. “One league is for universities…and the other league is for other academies from different cities.”

Christopher Aninzo, left, standing, and other members of the i2i International Soccer Academy pose for photo after winning a game in the 2019 West Riding FA development League U23. Contributed photo.

During his time with the i2i International Soccer Academy, the 20-year-old goalkeeper said he learned that a person’s mentality is quite critical on and off the field. “Along the way, I realized that I cannot please everyone and that there will always be a lot of criticism,” he said. “But with a strong mentality and a positive attitude, I have the power to turn all negative energy into something that will encourage and thrust me forward. As an athlete, it is important to stay true to who you are rather than try to conform to please others.”

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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