Azelynn Ulibarri doesn’t know a whole lot about Australia, she’ll admit.
“They have cool accents,” she offered. “And pretty beaches.”
Ulibarri, a West Las Vegas junior, and WLV freshman Gabriela Piña hope to get to know the Land Down Under a heck of a lot better by this summer. The two Lady Dons cross country runners have been selected to represent New Mexico in the 21st Annual Down Under Sports Tournaments beginning July 11.
But to get there, they’ll need help raising nearly $14,000 — $4,500 each for the pair and chaperone Yvonne Piña, Gabriela’s mom.
Those interested in donating to the cause may call Yvonne at 429-1569. The group is also planning raffles, a benefit dance, car washes and pool and mushball tournaments as fundraisers.
Ulibarri said she’s looking forward to the trip for “the experience” of it. The farthest she’s been from home is Cabo San Lucas in Mexico.
Piña has journeyed as far as Las Vegas, Nev., and Houston. She said she’s looking forward to “meeting new people ... and seeing a different part of the world.”
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said George O’Scanlon, president of International Sports Specialists, which coordinates the Down Under Sports Tournaments trips. “Those who have participated in our sprots events in the past have had an unforgettable and life-changing experience. They have had the chance to compete in Australia or New Zealand, sign autographs and interact with the locals. They not only see a part of the world that is truly fascinating, but they also act as ambassadors for America as they exemplify the great sporting traditions we love.”