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Iron Will Award Candidate:

Sean Bannatyne

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Sean Bannatyne:

My name is Sean Bannatyne. My journey to the MABBA started in September when I was selected to be part of the reality show "Radical Body Transformation". A show about overcoming obstacles to transform your body into the best shape possible with the end result to participate in a competition.

Just to apply for the show was a huge step for me because I suffer from social anxiety disorder which is a mental illness that I deal with every day of my life. I first started feeling the most socially anxious as a preteen moving to a small town in Saskatchewan. The move was hard for me as I had a hard time adjusting and making friends. I became withdrawn and introverted. I still managed to complete high school despite how judgemental, cliquey and crowded school can be. I had worked very hard at a hardware store but had difficulty when approached by customers. I now have a night job stocking shelves at a grocery store.

I take medication but it is not a cure all. I knew being exposed to new environments would help me leave my comfort zone. It helps me to attend group meetings and be amongst others who experience anxiety and panic attacks. I was out of shape and pushing close to 300 lbs. I always wanted to pose in a show but my anxiety held me back. I started doing P90x DVDs and ran laps at a school track after work. I started dropping weight and getting more toned.

Having a great physical appearance is a big boost to confidence and self esteem. The show paired me with trainer, Keo Necra. She's a great positive person and has a great positive influence on me. Humberto Kauffman is also a great positive influence and a great posing coach. James Hergott believed in me and gave me a platform with the show in a quest for self improvement and a way to encourage others struggling with mental illness to reach their goals I feel as if I transformed myself mentally as well as physically.

The transformation has given me the courage to set and reach other goals I have.The future can only get better.

 

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