Pablo

  • Role: Ah, an Ambassador of Tranquillity, Serenity, and the Grand Regeneration of all Bodily Parts. Quite the noble title, wouldn’t you say?
  • Services provided for TNS: Spreading positive vibes and regenerative inspiration to all who visit me.
  • Years worked for TNS: I joined mid 2017, embarking on a unique journey that began at a local pet store. The generous folks there chose to donate me to TNS, and that’s how I found my way here.
  • What inspired me to work for TNS: Well, after my remarkable career as the aquatic ambassador of tranquillity came to a close, I was generously donated to TNS. I guess you could say I was inspired to continue my legacy of promoting serenity but also took on the role as regenerative inspiration. I must say, my current role suits me swimmingly! My tank is nestled in the new Wellness Hub upstairs, providing me with a serene view of athletes indulging in massages, dry needling, continence training, and coaching/mentoring sessions.
  • Previous work experience: I worked as the aquatic ambassador of tranquillity at the pet store, inspiring everyone to take life at a slower pace, one fin flip at a time!

 

Get To Know Pablo

 

Meet Pablo, from Central Mexico, though you might know me as the peculiar “Mexican walking fish.”

The interesting twist is that I’m not actually a fish, I’m an amphibian.

What sets me apart is my incredible regenerative prowess. If I happen to lose a limb, no worries—I’ll grow it back in just a few weeks.

Some of us might even sprout extra limbs, just for fun! And if I suffer a head injury, I can repair my own brain and lungs, leaving no scars behind.

Here’s the real showstopper: crush my spinal cord, and within three weeks, all the machinery will reconnect, and I’ll be back in action, tail and legs included. How do I do it, you ask? Well, I have this nifty ability to transform nearby cells into stem cells, and they diligently recreate bones, skin, and veins, restoring everything to its original state. Quite the party trick, right?

Sadly, we’re becoming a rarity in Central Mexico, so you’re more likely to find us in laboratories. Scientists are still scratching their heads over our regenerative powers, hoping one day to unlock the secrets that could cure paralysis.

Now, about my culinary preferences—I’m a carnivore, and bloodworms are my all-time favourite snack.

And finally, my life mantra: “Al mal tiempo, buena cara,” which translates to “Put a good face to the bad times. Be positive.” Words to live by!

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At The Next Step Recovery and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, our mission is to provide tailored programs and services for athletes recovering from spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. Our Athlete Scholarship Program secures generous funding for athletes without financial support.