Leah Hayes Named Sports Kid Of The Year By Sports Illustrated Kids

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13-year-old Leah Hayes has been named the 2018 Sports Kid of the Year, appearing in this month’s issue of Sports Illustrated Kids. Hayes, who was selected as a Swimming World Up & Comer back in 2016, currently owns six National Age Group records including two from this year.

As the article that appears on the SI Kids website notes, Hayes was a natural from the start of her swimming career. During a breakout season, she broke five NAG records in a two week span as a 10-year-old. But beyond her talent in the pool, Hayes was selected as Sportskid of the Year for her ability to win races with “grace” and “positivity.”

The 13-year-old is known for her sportsmanship and ability to lift others up. The young swimmer has dealt with the disease alopecia from the age of six, which she admitted was a drain on her confidence before fully confronting her hair loss at just 8-years-old and explaining her disease to her entire fourth grade class.

You read more about Hayes and her career in the original article from Sports Illustrated Kids by clicking here.

 

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14 comments

  1. Brian Post

    Great magazine cover!

  2. Nancy Pulham

    Incredible cover!! Congratulations!

  3. Julee Kleffman Glynn

    LEAH!!! Congratulations!!! Illinois is so proud of you. ❤️🏊🏼‍♀️

  4. Barbara Kula Gehrs

    Congratulations Leah! Such a joy to watch you swim

  5. Ron Den Besten

    Lauren Den Besten Francois Boshoff Gabby Den BestenYou go girl !!

  6. Dawn Grabill-Bond

    Just saw her swim at the Washington Township meet in Indianapolis last weekend! Looking good in the pool. Congratulations

  7. Julie Lendzion

    So awesome!! Congratulations Leah!!