Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Deidree Golbourne has been running track and field all four years she has been at Westbury High School. Her passion for the sport comes from knowing that “you can put your all into it. It’s not a team sport where you have to depend on other people. You get out as much as you put into it.”
Golbourne is also seeded fourth in the state for discus throwing. She says that when she initially picked up discus her freshman year, she wasn’t a fan.
“I didn’t really like it at first because I wasn’t’ good at it,” Golbourne says. “But I trained to become better and saw results sophomore year.
It’s a test of speed, balance, power, and gentleness at the same time because the discuss is so small and fragile.”
Golbourne has accomplished many accolades in the track and field world including being a five-time county champion, three-time division champion, three-time state champion, and three-time all conference. She was recently awarded the Elsa Zu Proly Award, the Westbury Athletic Department’s highest award for a female athlete. The award is given to an exceptional multi-sport athlete that excels in academics and leadership.
“It was an honor,” she says. “I saw people get it through freshman, sophomore and junior year and I wanted it to be mine. When you have that title, you have the title of being the best scholar athlete and that’s good enough.”
“Deidree has been the model student-athlete,” Westbury Athletic Director Doric Capsis says. “She has been a person who her teammates looked up to and respected. After Deidree graduates, I will miss her not just as an outstanding student/athlete but also as a wonderful person who by example made everyone she came in contact with better in some way.”
She’ll continue her track and field career at SUNY Buffalo, which has one of the best throwing programs in New York State. She is planning to major in history.
“Because of track and field I can have so many opportunities,” she says. “And I just want to make the most of it wherever I go.”