Austin Youth Fitness Athlete of the Month is a showcase of the talented young men and women in our community. The power and spirit of our youth is limitless, and AYF thinks it's important to let other young athletes know what their peers are doing in the fitness community. Congratulations to the following AYF Athletes of the Month!
Jaxon Moore from AYF's Running Group @ Forest Trail is our May Athlete of the Month! His coaches nominated Jaxon because he loves to join in as many AYF events as possible, he tries his best, he is encouraging of others, and focuses on improving his running.Currently Jaxon's fastest mile is 7:42, but he is continually working to improve this time. Aside from being part of the running group @ FT, Jaxon enjoys playing soccer and is also on the gymnastics team. Jaxon is also very adventurous and loves being outdoors either hiking the greenbelt, climbing trees, or swimming in the creek. Jaxon also loves music and is part of the school's percussion band.
Jaxon's favorite things about AYF Running Group is the fun games we play at the end of a running group like sharks and minnows.
Congratulations to Jaxon for being AYF's May Athlete of the Month!
April Athlete of the Month
Mallory Yates from AYF's Running Group @ Bridge Point is our April Athlete of the Month! Her coaches nominated her because she is one of the most diligent, hard working runners in their group. She also has been respectful to coaches, and they love having her at practice! AYF is Mallory's first running experience, and she has now completed a 5K run for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Aside from running, Mallory loves springboard diving and synchronized swimming. Mallory is especially talented in building and design, and she helps with many home building projects.
Mallory's favorite things about AYF Running Group is her coaches and the new shirts! She loves her coaches and the shirts are her fave!
Congratulations to Mallory for being AYF's April Athlete of the Month!
March Athlete of the Month
Milo Stangland is in 4th grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Running Group at NYOS Elementary. Milo's coaches nominated him for Athlete of the Month because he is such a leader with the group, always works hard, and has a great attitude! Milo has participated in several 5k races and even placed in last year's the NYOS 5k Fun Run. Milo's parent's attribute his love of running to starting Young Guns (now Austin Youth Fitness) in kindergarten at Casis. Aside from running, Milo is an avid trick scooter and bike rider. He pulls his ramps out every day after school and learns new tricks and jumps. If he had it his way, he'd be at the skate park every weekend! Milo is a great student and loves to read.
Milo's favorite things about AYF Running Group is the games we play at the end of the group, but the timed distance runs really bring out his competitive nature. He is also a great mentor to the younger runners.
Congratulations to Milo for being AYF's March Athlete of the Month!
February Athlete of the Month
Kaylee Breecker is in 1st grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Running Group at Gullett Elementary. Kaylee's coaches nominated her for Athlete of the Month because she is a strong runner, she works really hard, and always comes to running group with a smile on her face and ready to run! Kaylee takes time when she can to practice her running on the Lamar Middle School track.
Aside from running, Kaylee plays soccer and has been practicing Aikido for the past three years.
Kaylee's favorite things about AYF Running Group is the fun running games we play at the end of each group.
Congratulations to Kaylee for being AYF's February Athlete of the Month!
January Athlete of the Month
Theo Cutter is in 2nd grade and has been participating in Young Guns Biking Group since the summer before his 1st grade year. This past fall, Theo participated in both Running & Biking Groups at Cedar Creek Elementary. Theo's coaches nominated him for Athlete of the Month because he ALWAYS comes to Young Guns with a smile and excited about our ride. He also has improved as a rider since he first started with our summer camp. Theo likes trying new sports and has played on soccer, flag football, basketball, and baseball teams, and this spring he will be trying lacrosse for the 1st time. He also has a goal this summer to learn to water ski.
Aside from being active, Theo loves a good adventure, being outdoors, camping, and traveling. Theo had a blast last summer snorkeling and cliff diving. Theo is always ready for his next adventure!
Theo's favorite things about Young Guns is riding his bike around Austin and he loves playing games at our running group, especially capture the flag!
Congratulations to Theo for being Young Guns January Athlete of the Month!