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!
Alexandra Lee is in the 5th grade and participates in AYF's Running Group at Magellan Elementary. Alexandra was nominated by her coaches because she is always putting forth a great effort during running club and works cooperatively with coaches and other runners! Alexandra has participated several times in the Vern's 5K run and her personal record is 28.57, and currently her best mile time is 7.38.
Aside from running, Alexandra participated in gymnastics for five years, two of those years competitively. She is also a strong skier who can even ski the black slopes.
Alexandra's favorite thing about school is getting to be creative and getting to be with friends. She's not sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but enjoys cooking, creating art, and can speak Spanish and is learning Chinese.
Alexandra's favorite thing about running club is running around and getting to end running club with a fun game!
Congratulations to Alexandra for being AYF's April Athlete of the Month!
March Athlete of the Month
William Bucher is in the 1st grade and participates in AYF's Running Group at Baranoff Elementary. William was nominated by his coaches because he is a strong runner and he loves to participate in running club. William started running a few years ago and has been running races ever since. William ran in the Daisy Kids Mile, the Super Hero Run, and the Gingerbread Run. Aside from running, William likes most sports like football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey, and he's looking forward to starting swim team.
William's favorite thing about school is getting to learn new things. When he grows up, William wants to be a runner because he loves to run!
William's favorite thing about running club is that he gets to run! He really likes the races and the games played at running club.
Congratulations to William for being AYF's March Athlete of the Month!
February Athlete of the Month
Anneliese Crawford-Honea is in the 3rd grade and participates in AYF's Running Group @ NYOS. Anneliese was nominated by her coaches because "she gives 100% every time, she's a great team player, is attentive and loves to run!" Anneliese has participated in two 5K races previously, and is currently getting ready for the NYOS 5K in April. She has also hiked over 10 miles at the Grand Canyon and 13 miles at Yellowstone National Park on family vacations. Aside from running, Anneliese really enjoys yoga with Mobile Athletics as well as loves to swim any time she can and hike on the weekends.
Anneliese's favorite thing about school is getting to learn new things. When she grows up, Anneliese wants to be an artist or write.
Anneliese's favorite thing about AYF is all the fun running activities as well as the different games we play.
Congratulations to Anneliese for being AYF's February Athlete of the Month!
January Athlete of the Month
Samuel Seif is in the 1st grade and participates in both AYF's Running Group @ Casis and Beginner Biking Group. Samuel was nominated by his coaches because he always has that smile on his face, he works really hard, and is a good, encouraging friend to others. Samuel regularly rides to school with his dad on a ride-behind bike, as well as rides to Westlake to visit friends. Sometimes those rides will be over 15 miles! Aside from AYF, Samuel is part of the Casis Chess Club, he's participated in Lego summer camps, he plays flag football and basketball at WAYA (also plays basketball at the YMCA), and played i9 summer flag football.
Samuel is not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but he wants to work on computers like his mommy and daddy. He also says, "Being a football player would be nice too!"
Samuel's favorite thing about AYF is, "That I learned to bike on my own bike and now I don't need training wheels. I can now bike with my mom to Mozart's. And Coach Alli is very nice and fun."
Congratulations to Samuel for being AYF's January Athlete of the Month!