A True Nationwide Hero
He is usually a full-time swimmer for the British Olympic workforce or Spain, however he all the time sought after to compete underneath the banner of Paraguay, a tiny South American nation referred to as probably the most least-developed countries on this planet carrying.
Even if Paraguay, probably the most first unbiased republics within the Western Hemisphere, does now not boast a 50 pool and in spite of its troubles with coaching and sports activities apparatus, Benjamin Hockin, whose father is Briton and mom is Paraguayan, loves competing with this landlocked country. This is a uncommon case within the Creating International the place plenty of athletes, from boxers and footballers to fencers and archers, wish to grow to be American/Eu voters. By way of the overdue 1990s, for instance, Africa’s Eunice Barber, who stands 1,91m tall, was French sportswoman after competing as an athlete from the war-torn nation of Sierra Leone on the 1996 Atlanta Summer season Video games,the place she completed in 5th position within the girls’s heptathlon.
Warrior- Athletes of Paraguay
Maximum of Paraguay’s wins had been produced by means of “warrior-athletes”, an envy to many Olympic leaders within the area. Within the latter part of the 1980s, the rustic’s workforce, made up of 3 combative sportsmen –Victor Manuel Pecci, Francis Gonzalez and Hugo Chapacu– defeated The usa within the Davis Cup preliminaries, at one time underneath the anti-Communist dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner. Up to now,within the early 1950s, the ladies’s basketball workforce gained the South American Cup by means of defeating Brazil 20-19, and after that, they completed 5th on the International Event in Chile’s capital of Santiago. At house, by means of 1962, this facet gained their 2d continental trophy smartly forward of Chile (silver medal) and Brazil (3rd).
Its different global medals have been when the boys’s volleyball facet captured the silver medal on the 1958 South American Championship in Porto Alegre (Brazil). Within the finals, Paraguay misplaced to host nation (which was once known as probably the most “maximum remarkable squads” at the Planet between 1959 and 1966). By way of 1964, this Spanish-speaking republic was once 2d within the girls’s Volleyball South American Cup. Fifteen years later, the boys’s workforce picked up a bronze as a result of its victory over a Chilean squad.
Within the wake in their win within the Pre-Olympic Event in 1992, the footballers certified for the Summer season Video games. However in the ones years, the rustic’s tennis emerged with two youngsters, Rossana de los Rios and Larissa Schaever. It was once all over that point when Rossana gained the Junior French Open. Afterward, Edgar Baumann was once topped as the second one absolute best javelin thrower within the Western Hemisphere on the Pan American Video games in Mar del Plata’s Jose Maria Minella Stadium. Except for him, there have been different remarkable athletes comparable to Nery Kennedy and Ramon Jimenez.
Over the following century, Paraguay, spearheaded by means of Jose Luis Chilavert after which by means of Roque Santa Cruz, was probably the most few international locations on this planet to qualify for the FIFA International Cup for fourth time in a row and after profitable a silver medal within the 2004 Athens Video games (in the back of Argentina). Within the final world match in Sub-Saharan Africa, the nationwide squad –whose footballers from time to time use the local language Guarani to confuse their rivals– made global headlines after they gained their workforce with 5 issues, forward of Slovakia, New Zealand and Italy. However Paraguay now not handiest has produced most sensible athletes as Chilavert, Pecci, Gonzalez, Bauman, and Kennedy, however different idols like swimmer Benjamin Hockin.
Paraguay’s Goodwill Ambassador Benjamin Hockin
Benjamin Thomas Hockin Brusquetti was once born on September 27, 1986 in Colombia’s town of Barranquilla. After residing within the Caribbean Colombian, the place he discovered to swim, he and his circle of relatives moved to Paraguay, his mom’s nation. On this carefully populated country, Benjamin, referred to as “Benji”, came upon his “large hobby” for swimming, competing in native golf equipment, amongst them Deportivo Sajonia. Upon taking a vacation in Tenerife (Spain), he made the verdict to stick on Spaniard soil, the place her folks were running. There, he started a profession as an novice swimmer within the Membership Deportivo Teneteide, whilst he completed his schooldays. When he became 19, he left Spain for Britain to check English and to hunt new horizons. All through his stayed in Wales and England, he referred to as the eye for his information, receiving a call for participation to constitute Nice Britain. At the moment, he despatched his pre-Olympic effects to Paraguay, however his credentials weren’t authorised by means of the South American republic.
Upon turning into a British citizen, Benjamin made his global debut on the Eu Event in 2006. The next yr, he headed for Australia to participate on the FINA International Championships. Then, Benjamin earned Olympian berths in two occasions within the Nationwide Trials, gaining the precise to take part on the 2008 Video games. Therefore,he was once probably the most participants of the British facet that reached the finals within the males’s 4×100 freestyle relay within the Video games of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing’s Nationwide Aquatics Centre (nicknamed the “Water Dice”).
Overcoming Large Hindrances
Even if Nice Britain will likely be host the 2012 Olympic Summer season Video games, Benjamin, stands 1,96cm in peak (6 feet five in), does now not wish to compete for the host nation. As an alternative of Britain,the place there are a number of swimming swimming pools, his dream is to be an Olympian athlete from Paraguay, the one one South American nation the place there isn’t a unmarried Olympic-size pool.
Prior to being excluded for a yr from swimming by means of FINA because of an unsuitable trade of citizenship, he accumulated 8 medals (six silver) within the South American Championships at Medellin, Colombia, turning into the primary swimmer from Paraguay to win a medal within the Continental occasions since March 1976 as Emilio Abre completed 3rd within the males’s 400-meter person medley at Uruguay’s town of Maldonado, in the back of Brazil’s Carlos A. Rocha and the Pan American champ Jorge Delgado Panchana of Ecuador.
The yr 2011 became out to be a unique yr for him. Why? Within the fresh Pan American Video games in Guadalajara, Mexico -the maximum necessary pre-Olympic tournament within the Western Hemisphere-Benjamin had one in every of his biggest satisfactions when he deservedly was once named the flag bearer for the Olympic nationwide workforce after which, on October 18, 2011, gave his nation its first person Pan American medal by means of completing 3rd within the males’s 200m freestyle with a brand new South American report of one:48:40, on the expense of Mathew Patton and Douglas Robison ( each from The usa). Two days previous, he and his compatriots –Renato Prono, Jose Lobo, and his brother Charles– had ignored out on a Pan American bronze medal within the 400-meter freestyle relay.
In spite of large stumbling blocks, he by no means declined to coach together with his team-mates, an Olympic spirit which as soon as had the mythical Anthony Nesty, a Trinidadian-born Surinamese swimmer (who defeated Matt Biondi two times within the overdue 1980s), and Costa Rica’s Claudia Ballot. To the contrary, he intensified his efforts to strengthen his information. In contrast to swimmers from Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru, he now not had coaches and Olympian experts (as nutritionists), in addition to sponsors. On a daily basis, from morning to afternoon, he had skilled systematically at Paraguay’s handiest 25-meter pool.
A couple of months of Olympics at London, Benjamin Hockin has grow to be a job style because of his humble persona, Olympic spirit, and his hobby for Paraguay. At a up to date interview, Benjamin stated, “For me Paraguay is my nation…It’s any other style (competing underneath the South American republic). I felt very proud to be Paraguayan.For this my declaration of affection to the rustic”.
Because of his hobby, ability, and self-discipline, he demonstrates that superb athletes are superb athletes anyplace of the sector particularly as he defeated American citizens and Brazilians at Guadalajara 2011. Just right good fortune Benjamin for London 2012! You might be already a winner!
Supply by means of Alejandro Guevara Onofre