During the American Junior Games, many people were familiar with the performance of athletes in the Greater Antilles. Among the sports that caught Creole’s attention was scuba diving, whose representatives, led by Annesley García Navarro of the capital, made many of us who watched their performances on TV jump from their seats with each entry into the water.
We spoke with Anisley (la Tuti) about what was done in Cali, and she agreed to tell us about the process until her arrival at Panamericano Junior, where she arrived after overcoming several injuries that affected her preparation. In this regard, he commented that it was a little complicated, “The preparation was short, and I had less time than the rest of my teammates. At first I injured my knee which prevented me too much at the beginning of the training. At the end of the preparation I injured my triceps and spent Almost two weeks standing.
“We monitored the readiness, as I was already injured, but they told me I should throw myself, and that helped me measure myself. I realized, I was a little behind compared to the rest of the team, and I had to get stronger, to be able to perform better.
Investigating what it feels like to carry equipment on top, working four days in a row, he explains, “I wouldn’t say I had to carry that load. I knew I could, and I wasn’t carrying a load, just being me. I’ve always been used to competing a few times in a All events, especially in multi-sports and that teaches me. I come prepared, I train for that and that’s why the result comes out. There are probably those who say she’s tired. A lot of times, it doesn’t occur to me that I’m so tired in the last event, but that’s not my strength” .
When he told him about his performance on the one-meter trampoline, he explained that, contrary to what we thought, he liked the one-meter, and the three-meter meter was the most difficult for him. He explained that he loves them all, and that “when I stop liking one, I can come up with the determination, with the coaches and commission not to skip that anymore.”
Regarding the team competition, with powers like Mexico, Canada and the United States, he said, “It was a very different competition than the one we’ve always been used to. That’s why I think it was better for us. We took it sporty, to enjoy. It was a competition where You didn’t have to be 100% nervous. You can jump, then support your partner, scream, laugh, and as we seem to be used to training like this, it helped a lot.”
With 2023 looming, and with the Central American Games and Pan American Games looming in the same year for the first time in history, it was important to know how Annesley intends to make it through to both events. In this regard he replied, “I always prepare myself to get as best I can. I will do everything I can so that injuries do not affect me, because I know that this slows me down a lot. Injuries, if they do occur, will be the biggest stone in my shoe, which is why I must focus more. .The other thing is to train well and prepare to arrive in good shape.”
Before the farewell, the unmissable question, Annesley and Paris 2024. “Yes, Paris 2024, this is my dream. As I said before, for both Central America and Pan American, I will train little by little, that things will work out. And if there is a chance to go to Paris, then to enjoy it.”
With this response, we ended our “intensive jumping session,” and we said goodbye with the assurance that when Annesley and his comrades jump again, in thousands of Cuban homes, we’ll jump with them with each entry into the water.
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