What's happening in PresUniv

Published: 03 Sep 2021

Jersey Kartina Beales, a student of the Business Administration Study Program batch 2021, President University (PresUniv), is ready to compete in the aquathlon at the Pekan Olahraga Nasional (PON) XX Papua 2021 on September 22, 2021. Jersey will represent Banten Province. This is the first PON for Jersey. Aquathlon is a multisport competition consisting of running and swimming. In this PON XX, aquathlon athletes will swim for one kilometer and run for five kilometers. Jersey said aquathlon is a unique sport and is currently growing. According to her, the combination of swimming and running in an aquathlon is a good combination of workouts. This is what makes Jersey love this sport. "I love to be active," she added.

In the selection of athletes, each sport has a different selection process. Jersey explained, athletes in the aquathlon sport are athletes who have basic swimming training and strong endurance. "We also have to participate in many competitions so that we will be more prominent and known in this sport," she explained. Currently, Jersey is preparing. She trains nine to ten times each week. In addition to physical preparation, she also prepared mentally. “Mental preparation is essential. I always say to myself, "I have been training hard, and I am sure I can fight to the fullest." I also practice yoga to relax my muscles,” she said.

Jersey said that at first, she never thought of becoming an athlete. “When I was eleven, my mother sent me to the swimming club. I immediately fell in love with the sport," she said. For her, being an athlete means a lot. "It shaped me into who I am today. I also got a lot of valuable things needed to be successful in this generation, such as independence, discipline, patience, and more," she said. Jersey stressed that discipline is essential. She said, “Over the years, I learned how to manage my time as an athlete and student, so I do not have any problems with school, and I hope to be at university as well. I usually do my assignments after practice, which is around seven to nine in the evening, so I can finish and submit them before due time.” (Gilang Suryanata, PR team. Photo: Jersey Kartina Beales)