Georgia's Trip to America

Hi my name is Georgia. I am 13 years old and currently in year 8. I absolutely love running.  Whenever I can I will ditch whatever it is I am doing and get out and go for a run, whether it is training for a competition or just for the fun of it. Either way, it is my favourite pastime! I have competed at state level in both cross country and athletics since I was about 10 years old. This year my goal is national representation. I am in the NIAS for athletics, and have been the age champion for my region in both cross country and athletics the past few years. I have completed over 70 Park runs, and won a number of medals along the way. (My family went on 22 sporting trips last year alone!) Not only do I adore the competitive side of my sport, but I also love the social and mental aspect of it too. (got to love those post run endorphins!) Wally Warner has been training me since I was 7 years old, and taught me everything I know. He got me into competitive running and encouraged and supported me along the way.  ''fit as a fox eating thistles" as he states. I have also recently joined the Mad Monday Mountain Crushers-the best group ever! They show me endless support and are always on my side. They have been there to laugh with me and encourage me up those nasty mountains! Running makes me feel amazing and I do it whenever I can. I am the kind of girl who will wake up at 5 every morning to do what I love. I am the kind of girl who will fight those post run cramps during school assembly because I know I am so close to my PB. I am the kind of girl who people refer to as ' that good runner. ' I am that kind of girl who has more running clothes than I do normal! I am the kind of girl who writes and researches training plans for the fun of it! I'm the kind of girl who has big dreams and most certainly will never give up on them! Sports Travel Australia has recently offered me 2 different trips, an athletics trip to Canada and a cross country trip to America. I have been selected out of all the high school age runners in Australia to be taken on a tour especially for young and talented Australian athletes. Sports Travel Australia recognised my talent and has offered me a place on 2 different Australian running teams. Through my participation in various state competitions I have learnt that kids like me, living in rural areas have a massive disadvantage in comparison to metro born kids. we do not have the same facilities, access to products, opportunities and coaching. The only thing making us the same is both country and city kids have big dreams. this is why  I have decided to take up the cross country offer.  This tour is designed for Australian athletes aged 12-18. athletes selected are taken over to America where they train alongside America's  best and attend meets in the local area. The tour offers specialised training as well as an amazing experience. As you could imagine, when I got the letter I cried! This is what I love, and am so passionate about, and I have been chosen out of the whole of Australia for this honour! I have never been overseas- and to go for the first time- perusing my dream would be incredible! Unfortunately, the trip is a bit costly which is why I started this page. $6000 is my goal amount, by this September. I know its a big amount- but when your this passionate about something you'll fight for it. I am willing to sweat, bleed and cry for this, and I appreciate any support I can get.  '' All of our dreams come true if only we have the courage to pursue them.'' -Walt Disney.

I thank everyone who is willing to support me on this amazing journey.


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Georgia Simm 
New South Wales
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