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Florence Antonio: Never give up

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IN May while riding his bike, Florence Antonio was involved in a vehicular accident.

His neck suffered a hairline fracture. 

Fortunately, the triathlete gradually recovered.  He, however, was advised not to use any body weight when exercising. He was also unable to get on a bike or even run. But there was one thing he could do for his physical therapy: swim.

In June, when Urban Fitness Guam sponsored the Go the Distance Challenge, Antonio, after consulting with his doctor, participated in the swimming category — and finished first. The only thing that can stop a person from reaching his goal is himself, he said.

 

 

Florence Antonio

Throughout July, Saipan's lagoon was his second home. On the very first day of the challenge, he covered a distance of under 2 miles. Slowly but surely, he improved his performance, eventually reaching over 12 miles as he spent about four hours in the water. The challenge, however, accepted a maximum distance of 9.99 miles only. Antonio came in first with a total of 85.65 miles.

“I was not surprised I got first place,” he said. “I monitored the competition and I knew I was ahead.”

Antonio encourages “anyone who has been through injuries to consult their doctors and keep going. If I could do it, so could they.”

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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