Local athletes were recognized by the Mayor of Leesville for their hard work, dedication and success on the national stage.

Mayor Rick Allen honored Gavin and Gabrielle Wright for their performance at the 2018 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Primary National Championship in Orlando Florida at the ESPN sports complex at Disney World.

The two are both members of the Leesville Track Club, a club that competes at several different AAU events and competitions.

Gavin Wright placed eighth in the 800 meter run in the six year old division. His official time was clocked at 3:29.01.

Gabrielle Wright placed ninth in the 400 meter dash in the six year old division. Her official time was clocked in at 1:27.37.

Gabrielle Wright has ranked first in Louisiana during the AAU Primary Louisiana Regional Championship for two years straight for the 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter run.

Gavin Wright ranked second in Louisiana for his events as well.

They also qualified to participate in the 2018 AAU Junior Olympic Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Junior Olympics is the grandest stage for AAU athletes to compete at.

“We’re really proud of the kids,” said Coach Gregory Wright. “They’ve worked really hard and it paid off.”

The Junior Olympics will be taking place in Des Moines, Iowa this year. Nine members of the club were qualified to compete, and four will be competing during the Junior Olympics: Keeton Johnson, Keon Johnson, Trayvon Jackson and Taj Jackson.

They also were honored by the Mayor for their outstanding athletic achievements, as well as their hard work and determination.

The Leesville Track Club currently consists of the following members: Joshua Brigham, Deandre Grooms, Jatari Harris, Taj Jackson, Troyvon Jackson, Keeton Johnson, Keon Johnson, Lamahne Lake, Lamarcia Lake, Lamayah Lake, Autumn Thomas, Christopher Tyler II, Madison Williams, Gabrielle Wright, Gavin Wright, Gregory Wright Jr., Sean Ledesma and Caroline Moss.

The AAU is a amateur sports organization dedicated to promoting amateur sports and fitness programs nationwide. Founded by James Sullivan in 1889 to create uniform standards in amateur sports, AAU now boasts more than 70,000 members and 100,000 volunteers.