AYF Athletes of the Month
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!
May Athlete of the Month!
Arlo participates in the Hill Running Club. He was nominated by his coaches because "Arlo is one of the most hardworking kids I've ever coached. He is a great listener and leader, and always gives his 100%. His enthusiasm always makes his friends and coaches smile!"
Arlo is a Cub Scout, plays flag football, ATX Ballers, and soccer. He also enjoys swimming, skiing, archery, and hiking! Arlo is a well-rounded athlete!
Arlo’s favorite fitness accomplishments are winning the spring K-1st grade i9 flag football championship with his team, the Chargers, completing a 4.5 mile hike around Lake Georgetown, hiking at 10,000 ft in Colorado, and treading water for 45 seconds (his PR!)
Arlo's favorite things about AYF are the coaches and running laps before drills (Coach Camille says Arlo runs as many laps as he can!)
Arlo’s favorite thing about school is making new friends, and he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.
Way to go Arlo Johnson for being AYF’s May Athlete of the Month!
April Athlete of the Month!
Penelope participates in the Gullett Running Club. She was nominated by her coaches because "Penelope is a leader, she comes with a smile on her face, and is always ready to run and have fun!"
Penelope enjoys running with her family, especially her dog, Leo! She also loves baking and cooking.
Penelope's favorite thing about AYF is playing games!
Penelope’s favorite thing about school is reading, and when she grows up she wants to be an Animal Conservationist and teach the world to love wolves.
Way to go Penelope Escandell for being AYF’s April Athlete of the Month!
March Athlete of the Month!
Elijah participates in the Baranoff Running Club. He was nominated by his coach because "Elijah is a stellar athlete, teammate, and friend to all of his peers in the Baranoff running club! He is always challenging himself to continuously improve, while at the same time motivating his teammates and encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves. When I arrive to running club each week, Elijah is already leading his own pre-running club warmup and making sure he is ready to go. Instead of just doing 2 bear pace laps, he keeps going and does more and more each week. This week, he ran 24 laps (the equivalent of 3 miles) for his warmup! I have loved watching Elijah grow as an athlete and as an individual over the past 7-8 months and how he has truly developed a passion and love for running!"
Elijah loves playing on his soccer team, riding his bike, hiking, fishing and swimming. Each week he comes home from Running Club talking about the goals he set going into the day and loving when he’s met or exceeded his run goals. To see that he can meet and exceed his personal expectations has given him confidence in running and in other areas of his life to keep pushing and never give up. He enjoys the friends he’s made in Runnning Club along with a sweet admiration and fondness for Coach K that has grown throughout the year.
Elijah loves Math, Science and studying all things space. When he grows up he wants to continue studying space! He also enjoys volunteering to help with the younger kiddos at his church.
Way to go Elijah Lira for being AYF’s March Athlete of the Month!
February Athlete of the Month!
Allie has been in the Barton Hills Running Club since the fall semester. She was nominated by her coaches because "Allie is always giving her best effort, having fun, and is always thinking of her fellow athletes."
Allie is a multi-sport athlete: she’s a runner with AYF, a part of the US Kids Golf Tour, and plays for Westlake FC Soccer.
Allie’s favorite thing about running club is endurance day and running the mile!
Allie’s favorite thing about school is math.
When Allie grows up, she wants to be a professional golfer and she is well on her way as she is a National Finalist for Drive Chip and Putt at the Augusta National! Congratulations Allie!
Way to go Allie Stevens for being AYF’s February Athlete of the Month!
January Athlete of the Month!
Noah participates in the Westenfield Biking Club as well as many biking day camps. He was nominated by his coaches because "Noah is such a hard worker, plays really well with friends, and is always eager to bike and play. We love having Noah in biking club!"
Noah also plays baseball in the Western Hills little league and is a Cub Scout with Lion Den Pack 91. He is also a strong swimmer and won his heat a couple times this summer in the Lakehills Splashers swim league!
Noah’s favorite thing about AYF is biking and being outside!
Noah’s favorite thing about school is riding his bike to and from school (we like how you think Noah!) When he grows up, he wants to be a firefighter.
A note from Noah’s parents: Noah is funny, kind and smart. He loves making people laugh. We are so lucky have him in our lives!
His coaches agree!
Way to go Noah Oliver for being AYF’s January Athlete of the Month!