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News4Jax: Creekside Senior Lacrosse Player is Back on the Field with New Perspective after Spinal Injury


Natalie Charyak spent three months away from sport to recover from injury

by Alessandra Pontbriand (Video interview at link)

(FLN: Note, we covered her commitment to Kennesaw State in 2022: LINK)


ST. JOHNS, Fla. – Imagine being in so much pain that even the basic things are too overwhelming. For months, there’s no diagnosis that identifies the excruciating pain.

“I could not walk some days,” said Creekside senior lacrosse player Natalie Charyak. “I couldn’t even sit down. It was so terrible.”

That’s what life was like for Charyak last year.

At the beginning of the 2023 lacrosse season, Charyak jammed her foot in a hole and started to have back pain.

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Alessandra Pontbriand joined WJXT4 as a sports anchor and reporter in May 2023. She is excited to join the extremely talented sports team and have the opportunity to tell stories across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia from local high schools, universities, and pro teams!