(CNS) Madison Bush is only nine yet the sort of schedule the little girl from Cayman Brac has competed in recently indicates she could be a world class athlete in the future.
Madison has qualified for the Junior Olympics later this month, but her participation depends on whether she can find enough sponsors.
Madison, accompanied by her coach and father, Flynn Bush, competed in the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics Qualifying Meet in Houston, Texas, two weeks ago.
She won two gold medals in high jump and shot put there.
This competition came in the middle of the USA Track and Field Youth National Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she competed in the Combined Events/Triathlon and placed second in shot put, her first event, with 6.01m, which is her best for a triathlon.
She was third in the high jump, where she jumped 1.10 m and narrowly missed 1.15 m, already breaking her personal best for points before she competed in the 200m.
She claimed sixth place in the triathlon overall after her 200m, only 70 points away from third place.
The second day at the USATF Youth Nationals, where the competition was described by Coach Bush as really tough, Madison claimed third in high jump and fifth place in shot put.
The week in Charlotte was interrupted for two days, as Madison with dad flew to Houston for the Junior Olympics Qualifying Meet, which she is able to compete in because she has dual American citizenship.
In shot put she threw against 10 other competitors, many of them much bigger than her, according to Coach Bush, but she out-threw them all by a foot.
Madison’s performance was all the more remarkable because, due to flight delays, they had arrived at their Houston hotel at 3:30 am that morning, just a few hours before a 6:30am start.
Flynn said she was reluctant to get up, but after a cold shower and a hot breakfast, Madison was on her way to the track meet for her gold medal Junior Olympics qualifying performances.
After flying back to North Carolina from Houston, she competed in her final event, the javelin, on June 29.
‘The javelin has quickly become the most popular field event in the USA and so there were even more budding superstars for Madison to face,’ said Flynn.
‘Madison did a fine job of handling the pressure as she threw a near personal best to claim fifth place and garner a fourth Youth National Championships medal.
‘She has shown great maturity and strength in this situation and is continuing to work hard in anticipation of the Junior Olympics. Hopefully, she can garner enough sponsorship in time.’
He added: ‘Overall, I was very pleased with her performance and I am so proud of her. She was cool under pressure and looked like an experienced athlete out there.’
Madison went home to the Brac that evening wearing not only six medals but a huge smile and dreams of participating in the 2016 Olympics.
Madison and her coach thanked Sister Islands Sports Association for sponsoring her trip to the USATF Youth National Track Meet and all her supporters in both Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman, who have so far sponsored her participation in the Junior Olympics.
The sponsors include MLAs Julianna O’Connor-Conolly, Rolston Anglin, Capt. Eugene Ebanks, McKeeva Bush, and Cline Glidden.
Other sponsors include Patricia McMahon, Allan Bush, Delia Bush-Dunkley, Kenny Ryan, Shane Timothy, Paul and Elida Scott, Billy Bodden, Darrell Woldaum, Cleveland Dilbert, John Burke, Deana Lookloy, Barbry Conolly, Paulette Rhoden, Sherine Barnes, Norma Jackson and Leonard Ebanks.
Flynn and Madison are leaving today and competing in Houston tomorrow at another qualifying meet for Junior Olympics in the Combined Event: Triatholon (Shot, High, 200m).
Then they are off to the AAU Junior Olympics on July 25.