By Graeme Corbett, Vernon Morning Star
Move over Donovan, there’s another Bailey burning up the track.
Vernon AAA T&F Club and Grade 12 Fulton Secondary student Sarah Bailey has committed to the NCAA Division 1 Jacksonville Dolphins in Florida for next fall.
A middle-distance specialist with personal bests of two minutes, 15 seconds in the 800-metre and 4:45 in the 1,500-m, Bailey never really considered track would be her ticket to a full-ride scholarship when she first got serious about the sport.
“I always did it in elementary school and I wanted to keep doing it in high school. I just love it and I was always pretty good at it,” smiled Bailey, who turns 18 in May.
“I like the competitive side of it. You can tell when you’re working hard that you’ll get the results. It’s more on yourself to do it.”
Bailey’s track development received a big boost when Brent Helland began working with the club in her Grade 8 year.
A nationally certified coach and former national competitor, Helland has provided Vernon AAA athletes with plenty of insight and training know-how.