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IT TAKES A WHOLE VILLAGE…Life-changing opportunities do not come every day. For two athletes from the Gazelle Track Club the chance to represent USA at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, China is very real, & they need your help to get ther

IT TAKES A WHOLE VILLAGE…

Representing your country on an international stage is a life-shaping accomplishment that no one can ever take away from you. The Gazelle Track Club has two female athletes that are working to achieve this feat and enhance their college scholarship possibilities.

Amber Bryant-Brock and Nnenya Hailey are both very talented kids that have been members of the Gazelle Track Club for 7 and 4 years, respectively. They have worked extremely hard over the past years and greatly deserve the opportunity to compete on an international stage at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, China this August (2010). The races that they run in China are more than just an attempt at a first place finish. Through an global cultural experience these young ladies will be exposed to a world greater than themselves and opportunities that will impact their lives forever. The time that it takes to compete on an international level is extensive and the girls and their families continue to sacrifice much, in way of time and finances. There are still a number of “hurdles” (no pun intended) that they need to overcome to reach Chinese soil. That is why we are reaching out to our community (i.e. village) to ask for donations that will help the families of these dynamic young ladies to afford the travel expenses related to the getting to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games!


MORE ABOUT AMBER & NNENYA:

ATHLETIC HIGHLIGHTS: AMBER BRYANT-BROCK
2009 AAU National Champion (15-16) 400H
2008 Bronze Medalist 400m –AAU National Championships (13-14)
2008 USATF Silver Medalist- USATF Youth Nationals (13-14)
2007 Silver Medalist 400m- AAU National Championships (13-14)
2007 AAU National Champion- 4x400 Relay (13-14)
2006 AAU Naional Champion-4x400 Relay, USATF National Champion 4x400 (11-12)

ATHLETIC HIGHLIGHTS: NNENYA HAILEY
2009 Bronze Medalist in 100H- AAU National Championships (15-16)
2009 Bronze Medalist in 400H- AAU National Championships (15-16)
2009 USATF Youth National Champion- 400H (15-16)


IN THEIR OWN WORDS:

COACH CEDRIC SAPP: “These young ladies strong resumes in track and field and have positioned themselves on a track that could enable them to acquire full scholarship to several prestigious universities. Being selected to the World Team would further solidify there status as elite level athletes and put them on the map for even more potential college suitors.”

AMBER BRYANT-BROCK: “On a warm, sunny day in August 1994 I was born. I am Amber Bryant-Brock, a 15 year old from Powder Springs, Ga. Currently I am enrolled in McEachern High School in the second half of my sophomore year.

In the Spring of 2002, I stepped on the rubber oval with eight lanes for the first time ever. I loved it then and my passion for it has only grown. I have been running competitively with the Gazelle Track Club for the last five years. I have been awarded in several Region and National Competitions. My coaches are the greatest I have learned so much from them. They know my capabilities and they push me to the limit. They have taken me under their wings and our love for each other is the same as if we were biological family members.

When the gun goes off and I start to run my race it is a great feeling that I can’t explain. It is that short period of time that I am so in my element. I often ask myself, how is it that I am so anxious to get on the starting line, so anxious for the gun to go off, and then so anxious to cross the finish line. It takes a lot of hard work, self- discipline, and dedication. This sport is not for the weak. It isn’t only about coming across the finish line first, it is about seeing the results of all your hard work and dedication.

A very important factor is that I have lots of fun running track. I have tried a few different sports, but track is my favorite. I love to travel, meet new people, and compete. It is such an honor to have an opportunity to represent my country in the Youth World Games, and I have every intention to represent us well and with dignity. I am eager to explore different cultures and if I am selected to compete in Singapore that would be a dream come true.”


NNENYA HAILEY: “My name is Cara “Nnenya" Hailey. I love to run. It is my passion. I have been running for about 4 years and I have been very fortunate. I have won 2 gold medals in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles in the USATF division, and 2 bronze medals in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles in AAU Track and Field. In addition, I am the first athlete in my school’s history to win a state championship in any event and I am a woman. Last year I won the state title in the 200 and 400 meters. I am always striving to do better each season and I work and pray very hard. I come from a strong, happy family. My parents have taught me that a strong work ethic builds integrity. I am also an honor student at my high school and was recently named “Student of the Month for good character”. I was also given the honor of being named All Region in Basketball. I am also a vegetarian that loves pop tarts.

I have been waiting for the first annual World Youth Games in Singapore, and would find it an honor to represent my wonderful coaches, my family and my country. One of my many life’s goals is to participate in the 2012 World Olympic Games. I feel that Singapore will be a very important first step. Singapore is going to have the hardest working and most dedicated youth athletes in the world. I hope to be included. To be able to compete, mingle, and obtain international exposure among my peers would be a dream come true.”

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”
Steve Roland

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Cedric Sapp at ncgazelle1@yahoo.com

 

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