MADRID, 15 (SERVIMEDIA)
Francisco García Vena, better known as Cisco García, was a young lawyer from Cordoba who has become a well-known ‘influencer’ on Instagram, a television collaborator, lecturer and wheelchair tennis player who has decided to relate his experiences in the book ‘Unbreakable. The art of always getting up once more. ‘
The book, published by Alienta Editorial, from Grupo Planeta, narrates in 256 pages the personal growth of a fighter who has reinvented himself after suffering a snowboarding accident in 2015 at the Mayrhofen ski resort (Austria).
Cisco García studied Law and worked in a law firm in Córdoba, where he helped British citizens and other nationalities to acquire properties on the Costa del Sol and other areas of Spain.
In addition, he went to the gym five days a week, played tennis two or three afternoons a week, and boxed another two. “I would get up, go to work, go to the gym to do weights, eat, go back to the office and then do boxing or tennis. He did a lot of sport. And on the weekend I liked to go out a lot, “he says.
Cisco led “an enviable life” with his then girlfriend and current wife, Raquel, with whom he has an eight-month-old son, Gonzalo. With her or with friends he was able to visit a multitude of places in South America and Europe. “It was the life I wanted to have,” he admits.
On December 28, 2015, his life changed forever. Cisco had already spent 11 years spending part of Christmas with friends in Austria to practice snowboarding, which was his passion. In Mayrhofen he had an accident and had to be hospitalized in Austrian lands.
Later, he was transferred in an ambulance to the Toledo Paraplegic Hospital, where he remained for four months, when the usual stay is at least half a year. “I asked the doctor for discharge. He had been self-employed very fast for the sport and wanted to be out. There I started trying wheelchair tennis, ”he recalls.
Given that he had logical fears on his return to Córdoba, Cisco moved to Badajoz, where his girlfriend was an internist, and he stayed in the capital of Bada until September. Before, both of them made an unforgettable trip to Japan. “At first, going home is very scary. I wanted to meet people, adapt to the streets, go to the movies, buy bread, go to restaurants… ”, he says.
After a few months handling matters as a lawyer, in mid-2018 he decided to dedicate himself professionally to wheelchair tennis.
“I enjoy a lot. I had played tennis before and it gives me essential goals to live and keep improving, “he says. Not surprisingly, he was proclaimed champion of Andalusia in 2018 and 2019, he won the Open de Almussafes (Valencia) in 2019 and last year he debuted his international record, winning the USIF Panthera Trophy, held in Uppsala (Sweden).
He was immersed in an international maelstrom that led him to play 20 international tournaments last year between March and climb to 58th place in the international ranking. His goal was to add all possible points to achieve the dream of competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which had to be played last summer and were postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cisco is shortlisted for Tokyo and Spain has four men’s seats in wheelchair tennis. “I have it complicated, I will have to press because I am going against the clock until June 2021. I can not throw in the towel,” he says.
Not surprisingly, Cisco returned to the international scene with a tournament in Setúbal (Portugal) last September, after months without competing for the coronavirus. And on November 23, he plans to play another in Turkey, where he wants to deepen some changes in his game, both in hitting the ball and in the positioning of the wheelchair.
In addition, he attends the CAR in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) one week a month, where he trains with Martín de la Puente, the best Spanish tennis player in a wheelchair and 13th in the international ranking. There he trains five hours a day for five days a week. “If I had stayed in Córdoba, I would have stalled,” he emphasizes.
However, he acknowledges that his recent paternity makes it difficult for him to participate in tournaments. “Last year I had a bad time. The expectations were very high and this year I take life as it comes, you cannot live stubbornly with the objectives. I have managed not to become obsessed and I am much happier ”, he sums up.
Cisco had planned to spend 10 years playing wheelchair tennis, but he has no idea what the future holds. However, it reveals some brushstrokes: “I don’t think about it much. Life takes many turns. I would try to continue living from conferences, I advertise on social networks, I collaborate on Canal Sur with Bertín Osborne … Or I would return to the office, something that I do not rule out ”, he adds.
In fact, he spends part of his time recounting aspects of his life on Instagram, where he has nearly 265,000 followers. And Forbes named him among the 100 best ‘influencers’ in Spain.
“Instagram is my strong point. From the beginning I started to grow quite a bit. The key is variety, with videos talking to the camera, videos singing with my wife or in the kitchen, our love relationship so sincere. People like that a lot, ”he says.
In the spring of 2019 he began to shape the newly released book ‘Unbreakable. The art of always getting up once more. ‘ He devoted almost a year to this, although not full time. “It came about because a lot of people write to me on social networks. I helped overcome adversity with many mental tools that I have been learning in my life. It is not an autobiography, but a book of personal growth ”, sentence.