After fighting the anxiety and depression from losing sight, Anastasia Pagonis he came back to enjoy competitive swimming With a little help, he is said to be the human being’s best friend.
Anastasia Pagonis she was 14 when she went blind in just 2 months.
« Being a teenager is difficult, so having that was also a great struggle for me, » Pagonis told TODAY. “It took me about eight months to get out of the hole and get used to the idea. When I assumed I was blind, the big question came up: What I’m going to do with my life?’ »
Nadar was the answer.
Pagonis had started swimming only 6 months before losing his sight, but he knew what made him happy.
This mid-distance freestyle swimmer, now 16, has already accumulated victoriesincluding two gold medals at the World Series of World Paralympic Swimming in Australia earlier this year.
To help her continue to achieve and train better, she received a great “gift” from a partnership.
The Guide Dog Foundation paired her with a farmer called Radar He was raised by a professional hockey team.
Radar became the first « Puppy with a purpose » for the team and now he hopes to help Pagonis.
Pagonis and Radar trained together for several hours for about 10 days. Then, on August 19, they officially joined as members of the same team.
“Having Radar has given me a lot of independence and I am literally in love with him. It’s the best I’ve ever had, ”said the young woman.
Pagonis and Radar recently traveled to Colorado, where the teenager is training with other top-level athletes for the 2021 Paralympic Games, to be held in Tokyo.
« This week I will officially move in with Radar to become an athlete in residence at the Olympic Paralympic Training Center in Colorado, » he wrote on Instagram. “This was a huge and scary decision for me. But sometimes you have to take a leap of faith because if you don’t try, you don’t know if you can. Always follow your dreams ”.
Wise words that encourage us to overcome fears and obstacles in life to fulfill our dreams.