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Determined Alonso Athlete named ‘Athlete of the Week’ as she Makes Leaps and Bounds toward Stardom

By June 7, 2019June 26th, 2019Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – June 7, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is excited to announce Shaniya Benjamin from Alonso High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending June 7th, 2019.

Alonso Ravens Track and Field head coach Roger Mills nominated Benjamin for her self-dedication and relentless drive for success.

“At the Hillsborough County Championships,” Mills said. “Benjamin captured three first place finishes (The 200 meter, the triple jump and the 4×400 relay) to lead her school to its first ever County Championship title. She is believed to be the only county athlete with three first place finishers in 2019.”

Benjamin remains proactive in creating her future and understands that success comes through determined efforts and commitment to her goals.

“I want to become a state finalist and finish my season with no injuries,” Benjamin said. “I want to achieve these goals because I hold them very dear to my heart. When I am able to accomplish them, I feel that I am staying true to myself. That is always a good feeling.”

No matter how talented an athlete is there are always hurdles to overcome that exist even outside of the sport itself.

“One problem that I’ve come upon is balancing school and track,” Benjamin said. “But the way I manage it is by finishing school work ahead of time and not procrastinating. Otherwise, I will miss practice because my schoolwork takes priority. Another problem is having bad days. I just have to calm myself down and remember that everyone has bad days.”

Always going the distance and taking the necessary precautions to set herself up for success, Benjamin wants to remind everyone not to get down on yourself and that after every trial comes triumph.

“Even the best have off days and bad days,” Benjamin said. “Be patient.”

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:

Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.

Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.

To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.

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