Wilson qualified for the 100 meter dash at the Junior Olympics (Source: WALB)
Wilson with her family at the sand dunes (Source: WALB)
Bowles also trains with her track coach Marvin Oliver (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
No two journeys are identical. And one 12-year-old Albany girl's hopeful path to the Olympics started when she was just having fun at a field day in Dubai.
Aijalon Wilson has been training for years with a dream of bringing an Olympic medal back to Albany.
For now she is focused on the more immediate goal of winning at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics. Wilson trains in the sand dunes with her parents, and at Albany State with her track club the Dougherty County Xtreme.
She will be running the 100 meter dash out in Sacramento, California in what will be her first national competition.
Wilson first learned her talents as a child breaking the school record for the high jump at a field day, but now she has her eyes on a bigger prize.
"She puts in a lot of work," said her mother Hope Frye. "The dedication she has to put in, eating right, training properly, all of the things she has to sacrifice and give up."
Wilson was the only member on her track team to qualify with the USA Track and field.
"I'm expecting to get out to the sand dunes," said Wilson. "And pick my knees up, work on my form and get faster."
The competition starts July 24th. To help fund her way to California, you can donate on her GoFundMe page.Her track club is also holding a fund raising car wash at Advance Auto Parts on N Slappey road and Oglethorpe July 23rd from 9-2.