Stephenville High School sophomore Aubreyanna Ziegler could be representing her school and community at the Down Under Sports track & field international games taking place in July in Australia.
Ziegler received a certificate in the mail inviting her to the games as a fast advancing Texas athlete.
“This is for all different sports and they’ve been doing it for quite some time. They look for younger talent that has improved from one year to the next,” said SHS track coach Nolan Vosburg. “It’s kind of a vacation with a track meet, but you raise your own money. It’s a big opportunity to one, see Australia; and two, for her to get this opportunity to throw. She threw last year on the JV team as a freshman and moved up to varsity for the district meet. This year she has shown a ton of improvement and I think she will have a chance to pass district.”
Ziegler would get three practices and compete in the three-day meet in up to five events/relays.
She not only does the shot put in track, but plays soccer, Barefoot club volleyball, powerlifting, is one of the SHS mascots and is involved in varsity theatre, HOSA and takes AP classes.
Ziegler enjoys being busy.
“I’m nervous but I think it’s going to open doors for me that wouldn’t have been opened before.”
Ziegler said after high school she wants to go to college to become a nurse.
“I’m thinking about being a nurse in the military because helping people who are serving our country really speaks to me,” she said.
Ziegler’s family and friends are now raising money to get her to Australia with a goal of $3,400.
“Any business that donates over $100, we will send them a certificate of appreciation if they will let us know they donated,” said family friend and fundraising coordinator John Turney. “This, from what I understand, may help her get scholarships and this would be huge for her resume.”
The Zieglers are selling Down Under Sports T-shirts for $25 each and can be purchased by calling Turney at 254-485-2351.
All other donations can be made by visiting downundersports.com/payment and entering Ziegler’s ID code: 43A3-15EE-4615.
More information about different payments can be found at the website or by calling 435-753-4732.