“When Candace Hill ran 100 meters last year in a record-breaking 10.98 seconds, the then 16-year-old high school junior officially became the fastest girl in the world. Now, she’s also the youngest track athlete to ever go pro, and she’s hoping to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team this year.
“I’m still in shock about that label,” Candace says in the March issue of Seventeen, on newsstands now. “The boys are too scared to run against me … They’ll take longer to get ready or ‘forget’ something in the locker room when they know I’ll be at practice with them.”
They skate. They fall. They jump right back up again. These are skater girls of Kabul, ages five through 25, who partake in one of the most exhilarating, and often dangerous, sports in the world – in a country where they’re not allowed on bicycles.
“At only 8-years-old, Lauryn Olivia Leonard is already dreaming big and blazing her own trail on the golf course!
Over the weekend, Lauryn competed in the Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship, which is an annual event held for young aspiring golfers the Sunday before the Masters Tournament. The little golf sensation earned the chance to compete in the championship when she won the regional level ofthe competition back in 2015, making her one of 10 girls in the country ages 7-9, to receive an invitation to the national finals held at the Augusta National Golf Club.
In fact, this is the same golf club where Lee Elder broke the color barrier in 1975, when he became the first African American to play in the Masters. Incidentally, Condoleezza Rice was one of its first women members.
Lauryn, we salute you and thank you for showing young girls that look like you, that they too can pursue and excel in the sport of golf.”