Shay Babcock, a junior at Slater High School, has been invited by the International Sports Specialists Inc., to compete in the Down Under Sports Tournament in Australia June 30-July 8, 2013.
She is the daughter of Joe and Madeline Giger. She has been a state qualifier two years in a row for triple and long jump. She participates in cheerleading, softball, basketball and track. She has been on the A honor roll throughout her high school years.
"Having an opportunity to compete against new athletes is amazing," Babcock said. "That is the main reason I am working so hard to go to Australia."
To attend the 12-day event, she must raise $15,000 for her and her sponsors to cover the cost of travel, food and board.
She is holding a 5K run, raffles, an alumni basketball game and many other fundraisers. The sponsoring company has also sent $2 raffle tickets for a 10-day trip for two to travel with the athlete to Australia and Hawaii. The raffle tickets can be purchased from Babcock.
Babcock was selected to compete in the tournament because of her 2012 triple and long jump results from MSHSAA 1A Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City.