Brittany Stockton of Leachville could be throwing against future Olympic competitors this week in Australia.
The soon to be senior athlete has been invited to participate in the Down Under International Games held in Brisbane, Australia. Brittany joins others from Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and others to compete in a four day track and field competition against students from Australia and New Zealand.
Brittany has competed in track and field competitions since her seventh grade year. She currently participates in shot put and discus competitions. She has gone to state every year since ninth grade and finished in the top eight in one or both events in previous years.
In Australia, each athlete can compete in up to five events. Brittany has entered the shot put and discus events and is possibly considering the javelin and hammer toss. The javelin and hammer toss are usually not offered in high school events in the States.
To go to Australia, Brittany had to raise well over $5,000. She has had several fund raisers and donations from supporters such as friends, family members, church family, and local businesses. She is overwhelmed by the support she has received and is proud to be a part of her community. She would like to thank each and every supporter for their time and donations.
Brittany said participating in this event is a once in a lifetime experience. She is looking forward to meeting and competing against some of the best young athletes in the U.S. as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Brittany and her Papa James Keith will be joining other athletes who left on July 1. They will return July 9. It is a four day competition. They will fly straight to Brisbane for the competition and then on to Sydney for some sightseeing before returning to the States.
Brittany has been practicing for her events during summer break and wants to represent her state to the best of her ability, but she says the experience of it all is what she is looking forward to the most. Placing in any event will just be a bonus.