For 11-year-old Waverly Alexander, it seems like there is no sport or athletic activity she hasn’t tried, from swimming to field hockey to triathlons. She has participated in so many triathlons that she now chooses which ones she does based on the design of the T-shirt given out by the event organizers.
However, track and field has been one of Waverly’s favorite and best sports. Running as part of the Green Hornets summer track and field program, she has set record times in the 400-meter for girls 5-6; the 800-meter for girls 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12; and the 1600-meter for 5-6 and 7-8. So, it’s not surprising that Waverly was nominated by Elizabeth Nabor, the commissioner of Green Hornets track and field, to be the Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month.
“I like to challenge myself a lot,” Waverly said. “So, it makes me feel good that all of my hard work is paying off. I have two little sisters, so it’s fun to see how close they can get to my time from when I was their age. I like being an inspiration for them.”
Waverly’s father, Eric, said that he couldn’t be prouder of the athlete that Waverly has become over the years.
“She puts in a lot of work,” he said. “She competes in many sports: field hockey, lacrosse, cross country, track and field, basketball, volleyball, swimming, triathlons. She loves competition and I enjoy watching her perform. She enjoys all of them and we can’t even get her to focus on one of them right now.”
And that will likely be the next major decision Waverly makes as she continues to grow as an athlete. For now, Waverly will continue to dominate Green Hornets track and field, but maybe in a few years, she will dominate in another sport.
In partnership with The Matt Wyble Team of Century 21, the Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month series recognizes the many student-athletes in our area who make an impact not necessarily by way of statistics or stardom, but by their unique contributions. Contact Zach Sparks at firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a young person in our community making a positive impact through sports.