Article by Andrea Marie Martin. Media by Charley Phillips.
Many people are familiar with the TV show “The Biggest Loser,” which follows overweight to obese contestants looking to make a difference in their health and lives. The show captures moments of glory, vulnerability, and strength as these contestants look to try and survive into the next week by losing as much body fat as they can within that set period. What makes season 16 so unique, though, is that it is tracking the journey of 20 former athletes with one standing out amongst the rest.b
Sonya Jones is a physical education teacher who is originally from Springfield, Illinois. As addressed in “The Biggest Loser” website, Jones attended Greenville College, and played for G.C.’s women’s softball team where she was a pitcher, a 2-time All-American, and the All-American player of the year. After earning a bachelor degree in physical education, Jones then played two years of semi-professional softball, and was also selected to try out for two professional softball teams.
Jones has stated that being a borderline diabetic has made her want to make an impact in her life. She also suffers from mild sleep apnea, diverticulosis (bulging sacs or pouches that line the walls of the colon), arthritis in her lower back, and high cholesterol. As a PE teacher, she also believes that she should hold herself to a higher standard, and become a better role model for the kids she teaches and coaches. As of right now, Jones currently weighs 283 pounds.
Other contestants that will be featured this season include former standout football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis and wrestling players each coming from distinguished levels of competition (from professional to college to Olympic athletes).
The journey that each contestant will take is not guaranteed to be an easy one, but the heart and mindset of each person is what is embodied in “The Biggest Loser.” This year’s show can be followed every Thursday night starting September 11th at 7 P.M.