Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is excited to support A’Nia Churn, a Girl Scout Cadette from Willoughby, who is competing in the Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, the largest multi-sport event in the country! A’Nia, will compete in the 200-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash, and the 4x400 meter relay. While being able to race in the Junior Olympics is an impressive feat, what’s even more impressive is that A’Nia only started running competitively this school year!
Girl Scouting builds confident girls who are strong, resilient and ready to take on challenges. Her mom, Akia Lampkin, signed her daughter up for Girl Scouts in first grade and credits Girl Scouts with helping her daughter gain confidence to try new things, like track and A’Nia is showing what strength Girl Scouts can give girls through her determination and drive to succeed in a new sport.
In Girl Scouts, girls are given hundreds of opportunities to “unleash strong” and A’Nia shows just what that means through her amazing success in track. A’Nia and her siblings were tasked with picking a school sport to participate in during the seventh grade. A’Nia initially tried out for a team sport and didn’t make it, and rather than let that discourage her from finding success in a sport she decided to join the track team.
Being new to track didn’t stop her from making impressive progress during the season becoming the 2018 Middle School Western Conference Champ for the 200-meter hurdles and the 100-meter dash. Since joining the Cleveland Mustangs, a youth track and field club, she has competed in the Ohio Middle School Championships, and she took home a gold medal in the 4x100 meter relay, and 4th place in the 200-meter dash. She is also the current Ohio Region 4 District Gold Medal winner in the 200-meter hurdles, the 400-meter dash, the 4x100 meter relay, and the 4x400 meter relay.
Through Girl Scouts A’Nia learned that, “It’s ok to be different. When you feel good about yourself, you can do anything as long as you try…” Akia knows that her daughter can accomplish anything she puts her mind to, and she hopes that her daughter will “continue to believe in herself, take risks, and be a productive member of society.” Girl Scout members in Northeast Ohio and across the country will be cheering on their sister Girl Scout and athlete as she goes for the gold this week at the Junior Olympics!