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Iron Will Award Candidate:

Deryk Tufford

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Deryk Tufford's Submission:

My name is Deryk Tufford and I think that to have an Iron Will it means to be strong, resilient, and have a positive attitude that you can change, and that you want to change. I believe that the last two years of my life have demonstrated these characteristics very clearly. In the summer of 2010, I was involved in bike mishap that left my right elbow shattered. I underwent surgery where six pins were placed in my elbow to hold it together. Following eight weeks of casting and another 9 months of physiotherapy I was finally able feel both mentally and physically normal again. I still did not, and do not have full range of motion, nor will I ever, however I knew that I was not going to let this slow me down in achieving goals that I had set for myself! In the following months, I was able to earn a Can-Fit-Pro Personal Trainer Specialist certification and start a Personal Training business with my wife. I achieved this while being a full-time teacher and la father of two wonderful kids! Having watched my wife compete in two years of Body Fitness Competitions I had certainly got the itch to compete, but I knew that my lack of size and inability to support large weight with my elbow would keep me from body building. When the Physique category opened up for this year's competition I knew that I would get my chance to prove that I could still compete. I have always been active but I knew that this was going more intense; the level of commitment was going to considerably higher. But I was ready! With the help of FREAK Fitness and the support of my family and friends, I have made an incredible transformation. I always knew I had a six pack I just couldn't see it until now. I have two weeks until my very first competition and am looking forward to walking on stage and achieving my goal. May it be the first of many in 2012!

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