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Athlete of the Month 2024

Austin Youth Fitness Athlete of the Month is a showcase of the talented young people 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!

June Athlete of the Month!

Alana has been participating in the NYOS running club for two years! She was nominated by her coaches because "Alana always comes to running club ready to run and have fun! She is very willing to help her coach in any way she can, by picking up equipment and suggesting games and drills. Alana has quiet confidence and a positive growth mindset, two qualities of a great athlete!"

Besides running with AYF, Alana plays volleyball with the YMCA league and will be doing school cheer next year. She also just got a new bike with gears and enjoys biking with the Cycle the City camp!

Her favorite thing about AYF is the games, especially Sharks & Minnows.

Alana's favorite thing about school is math, and when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.

Way to go Alana Duran-Nogueras for being AYF’s September Athlete of the Month!

May Athletes of the Month!

Niko and Elias have been participating in AYF summer camps and after-school biking clubs since summer 2021! They were nominated by their coaches because "Niko and Elias always come to AYF groups and camps ready to play hard! Their eagerness to play, bike, and explore rub off on other athletes. They work really well together and are good examples of how to be a good friend and supportive to siblings, peers, and coaches!"

Both Niko and Elias play soccer and have previously played flag football and basketball. They recently completed the Round Rock Donuts 5K Race and a Spartan Stadion Kids Race! They also love obstacle course racing.

Niko and Elias will be a part of the inaugural Reilly Roundtable, an initiative at their elementary school to empower 3-5th grade students to voice their ideas, feedback, and suggestions directly to the school administration.

Niko's favorite thing about AYF is seeing his friends. Elias's favorite thing about AYF is biking around his neighborhood and hanging out with friends.

Niko's favorite thing about school is running around the track for Marathon Kids. When he grows up, he wants to be a soccer player or mountain biker.

Elias's favorite things about school are PE, seeing his friends, and learning. When he grows up, he wants to be a biologist because he loves animals and science.

Way to go Niko & Elias Weema for being AYF’s May Athletes of the Month!

April Athlete of the Month!

Vinnie is a regular in the Baranoff running club, and you're guaranteed to see him Wednesday after school helping out his coaches! He was nominated because "Vinnie is an amazing athlete and friend. He never gives up and comes to running club each week ready to run and have fun! He is super helpful to his coaches and does it with a big smile on his face."

Vinnie is currently learning to play tennis and previously played soccer. Vinnie is accomplished in karate, and received his advanced white belt after completing a tournament! Vinnie is also a craftsman and was Baranoff's most successful seller at this year's market day with his paper claws.

Vinnie loves running club because “I get to have fun with my friends, and running around is really fun!”

Vinnie's favorite things about school are music class and his teacher Mrs. Everett. When Vinnie grows up, he wants to be a plastic surgeon.

Way to go Vinnie Amoroso for being AYF’s April Athlete of the Month!

March Athlete of the Month!

Rin has been in AYF's yoga club at Blazier Intermediate School since it began - Fall 2022! She was nominated by her coach because "Catharine is a big help with her younger cohorts and is a wonderful example. She is always coming up with creative new ideas for poses in class. Catharine is also an awesome helper when it's time to clean up. She is kind to all!"

Along with yoga club, Rin participates in gymnastics and Jiu-Jitsu!

Rin's favorite things about yoga club are learning the yoga poses, spending time with friends, and helping others out.

Rin's favorite things about school are seeing her friends and going to the library. When she grows up, Rin wants to be a singer and an artist.

Way to go Rin Martinez for being AYF’s March Athlete of the Month!

February Athlete of the Month!

Dominic is an AYF veteran - he has been biking with AYF since he was 7 years old! He has participated in the Westenfield biking club for many years and has joined us for countless camps! He was nominated by his coaches because "Dominic is a natural leader, and kids are drawn to his energy and really look up to him. Since he is an AYF veteran and is the oldest in the Westenfield Biking Club, he has been such a wonderful help with the younger bikers and serves as a junior assistant coach. He is always ready to jump in and help out his coaches. It has been so fun to see him grow over the years and develop a passion for biking!"

Dominic gets his love of biking from his dad, and has ridden 16 miles with him! In addition to biking club, Dominic plays I9 football and soccer. He once scored 5 touchdowns in one football game!

Dominic also helps his mom coach special olympics volleyball, cleans up parks for It's My Park Day, and is a volunteer bark ranger with Austin Parks & Rec.

Dominic loves AYF because "it's fun to be able to bike around and see the world, see friends and the coaches. It's just a good time."

Dominic's favorite thing about school is recess, and he wants to be an NFL Football Player when he grows up!

Way to go Dominic Remington for being AYF’s February Athlete of the Month!

January Athlete of the Month!

Courtland is a regular in the Casis Running Club and is almost at the junior-coach level! She was nominated by her coaches because "Courtland is a great example of the AYF pillar of friendship. She does a wonderful job encouraging the younger kids and making sure everyone is having fun. She also goes the extra mile and cheers for her fellow runners."

Courtland is a seasoned athlete! Last year, in her school's half-mile run, she won fastest girl in the 2nd grade and came in 10th place overall (her time was 4:02.79)! She also got 2nd place in the mile swim in her age group at Camp Longhorn last summer, and was awarded Westwood Waves swimmer of the week.

Along with running and swimming, Courtland plays soccer and basketball, is a member of the Tarrytown Dance hip hop team, is in the Casis Times school newspaper club, and participates in ASK Bible Study. She is also the oldest of three girls and is a great big sister!

Courtland's favorite things about AYF are the fun games, running laps, running with friends, and the encouragement from her coaches.

Courtland's favorite things about school are reading, writing, and PE.

Way to go Courtland Anderson for being AYF’s January Athlete of the Month!

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