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!
Maeve Lanham is going into the 2nd grade and participates in AYF's Cycle the City Summer Camp. Maeve was nominated by her coaches because she has a really great attitude, works hard, is enthusiastic, has fun, and is a kind and wonderful friend. Maeve ran four marathons over the course of the 2017-2018 school year. Her time on a half mile run is 4 minutes 8 seconds. Maeve loves to run, bike, roller blade, dance and play soccer. Maeve has played soccer since she was two years old. She currently plays for NASA. She is a Brownie in a troop with friends from school. Maeve also loves ballet and is a member of a competitive dance team. Aside from running, Maeve loves to read, explore, snorkel, play with friends and fish with her grandfather.
Maeve's favorite thing about biking camp is the hard hills, so she can improve and get better. She also loves the independence that bike camp offers. Riding all over town and stopping at favorite spots along the way for treats cooling off.
Congratulations to Maeve for being AYF's June Athlete of the Month!
May Athlete of the Month
Gary Chauvin, my father, is AYF's May Athlete of the Month. Gary passed away on April 29th, and will be greatly missed. Gary was always so very supportive of his four children and would go out of his way to show how much he cared. When I ran my first marathon in Disney World, my parents drove from south Texas to watch and support me. My father was inspired by the way his children started running and participating in 5K's, 10K's, and triathlons, so he started running too! He was a regular on the McAllen 5K series, and loved running the Cap 10K here in Austin. Just last year, Gary and his two sons completed the Cap Tex Tri relay with Gary swimming, Charlie biking, and me running. Aside from running, Gary was an elementary school teacher for 12 years. After retiring, he worked for Sylvan Learning Center for 14 years. Gary never gave up on his battle with cancer! He will be missed by all, including his wife, children, and his 9 grandchildren.
Gus Edwards is in the 3rd grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Running Group @ NYOS Elementary, and has been participating in AYF since 2015. Gus was nominated by his coaches because he works hard, has a great attitude, and keeps coming back every session to improve his running! Running helps Gus in the other physical activities he's involved in which include soccer and mountain biking. He enjoys mountain biking at Walnut Creek with his dad and his brother.
Aside from physical activity, Gus plays the violin. He also loves adventures and camping with his family in their Volkswagon camper van. Gus is also kind, helpful, and a good friend. Plus he loves chocolate and video games!
Running club day is Gus' favorite day of the week. His favorite thing about AYF's running club is playing the fun games and being outside with his classmates.
Congratulations to Gus for being AYF's April Athlete of the Month!
March Athlete of the Month
Sophia Porter is in the 5th grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Running Group @ Bryker Woods Elementary. Sophia was nominated by her coaches because she always shows up ready to run, encourages her teammates, maintains a fantastic attitude, and works really hard. "Her improvement this year is mind blowing and a joy to see," says coach Stephanie Quinn. "She's a talented athlete with endless potential." Aside from running, Sophia has played tennis since she was in 1st grade.
Aside from physical activity, Sophia has been on the A student honor roll every semester!
Sophia's favorite thing about AYF's Running Group is when she beats her brother Miles!
Congratulations to Sophia for being AYF's March Athlete of the Month!
February Athlete of the Month
Leah Deckter is in 4th grade and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Running Group at Forest Trail. Leah was nominated for Athlete of the Month because she shows up ready to participate, volunteers to be a leader, is a great tagger, and is extremely kind to those around her. She is also encouraging to younger runners and shows great respect to fellow runners. Leah recently ran in the Austin Youth Fitness Pre-Thanksgiving 5K run. Aside from running club, Leah plays soccer and is on the swim team.
Aside from physical activity, Leah is a strong student at Forest Trail Elementary. She also participates in Girl Scouts.
Leah's favorite things about Austin Youth Fitness is that she has "tons of fun" while getting great exercise!
Congratulations to Leah for being AYF's February Athlete of the Month!
January Athlete of the Month
Charlie Henderson is in kindergarten and participates in Austin Youth Fitness Obstacle Course Running Group as well as the Casis Running Group. Charlie was nominated for Athlete of the Month because he is someone who has a great attitude (always smiling), works hard, loves all things sports and outdoors, and knows how to have fun! Aside from AYF, Charlie participated in soccer, basketball, and gymnastics this past fall. This spring, Charlie plans to participate in flag football, baseball, and continue AYF!
Charlie has received player of the week several times in the different sports he has participated in. Charlie also ran the 1 mile Turkey Trot this year and loved it! Charlie also plans to participate in the Run to the Sun Fun Run coming up in February! Charlie also loves to ride his bike and has been riding on two wheels since he was four!
Charlie's favorite things about Austin Youth Fitness is being active and playing games at the end of each group. He loves his coaches and said, "AYF is tons of fun!"
Congratulations to Charlie for being AYF's January Athlete of the Month!