A group of young Virginia athletes travels to the AAU Junior Olympics
A group of young athletes from Virginia brought their talents to Texas to compete in this year’s Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics.
A group of young athletes from Virginia brought their talents to Texas to compete in this year’s event Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics.
The 11 athletes, from kindergarten through 12th grade, are part of the first hiking team from Northern Virginia to compete in the competition, which runs through August 7th.
They are members of the House of Speed team, part of the Springfield / South County Youth Club’s running programs.
The athletes had to finish in the region’s top 16 and then compete against the top Virginia athletes for one of the top six spots to form the team.
“It’s for the families willing to get involved, but also for the kids who want to be part of it,” said Tanya House, the team’s head coach and former athlete.
House and her husband also train their sons and see the team as a beacon for Lorton.
“We have kids with us who have made it to the national javelin and long jump championships,” she added.
From there, athletes will be considered for the Olympics.
House says team members have set personal records, including an 11-year-old who finished 11th in 3,000-meter runners.
“They are up to the occasion,” she added.
The races will continue throughout the week.
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