WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Deja Young has already accomplished quite a bit as a member of the Wichita State track and field program, but now the junior is taking her talents international.
She is headed to Rio to compete for the United States in the Paralympics in September.
Young heads to Brazil on an absolute roll.
She took home the gold in the 100 at the world championships in Qatar last October, and she finished second in the 200.
The All-Missouri Valley Conference runner will compete in both of those events again down in Rio.
Deja was born with nerve damage to her right shoulder that limits its movement, but she’s still one of the fastest women on the track period. She plans on continuing that trend at the Paralympics.
“I’ve had a full season, a whole two months of training, and now I’m ready to compete and show them, like I’m going to show them what I’m made of, and I’m super excited, I’m really expecting to win actually. I really want to win, anything less than that is unacceptable, and I know that’s a horrible way to go into this because if I lose or get second, it’s like oh man, I didn’t win gold. But, I feel like I’m going to do really well,” said Young. “I trust my training. My coaches have been amazing, and I just can’t wait to show them what I have.”
“Everybody’s really excited for her. She represents Wichita State really well and the city of Wichita. I’m excited for her. I think she’ll do really well. She appears to be rounding into terrific form, and I think she’s going to be tough to beat in Rio,” said John Wise, WSU Track and Field Assistant Director.
If you want to catch Deja in action, she begins her running for the 100 meter dash on September 9th, and she begins her running for the 200 meter dash on September 15th.
Deja is hoping her family can come along for the ride. To help with that, the family has set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the trip.