Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin Receives Award of Excellence: ‘Sydney is a Woman of Great Faith’
By Movieguide® Staff
West Coast Elite Track Club recently awarded two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Sydney McLaughlin with their Award of Excellence for her faith off the track and her skill on it.
“[West Coast Elite Track Club] is proud to announce we will be Honoring World Record Holder [Sydney McLaughlin] with our Award of Excellence,” the organization wrote in an instagram post. “Sydney is not only a woman of great faith, but aligns with our team core values and exemplifies everything a West Coast Elite Girl represents.”
McLaughlin, who recently married football player Andre Levrone Jr., won two Olympic Gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and holds multiple world records in track and field.
“I’m always so inspired and encouraged when I meet individuals who truly want to pour into the next generation in a God-honoring, integral way! These young women have such bright futures ahead of them, especially because of the leadership and values being instilled by their coaches,” McLaughlin wrote on Instagram.
She continued: “Thank you so much to Michel and the girls for honoring me with this years Award of Excellence. I look forward to watching West Coast Elite continue to strive for greatness while remembering Christ who matters most.”
Despite her success, McLaughlin is an outspoken Christian who repeatedly points to her faith in Christ as her foundation.
Movieguide® previously reported:
McLaughlin, 21, became the first woman to break the 52 seconds mark with a record-smashing 51.90 second time.
McLaughlin’s performance surpassed previous record-holder Dalilah Muhammad, and McLaughlin is now the frontrunner to win the event at this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“This season, working with my new coach and just my new support system, it’s truly just faith and trusting the process, and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” McLaughlin said after the race.
McLaughlin responded to her record-setting time by thanking God.
“The face of a woman who is in awe of God 🙏🏽 51.90,” McLaughlin wrote on her Instagram under a photo of her reacting to her time.
“I could feel this meet was going to be something special… but MAN. Weeks like these are some of the hardest in a track athletes life. The mental strain of preparing for the rounds in order to solidify your spot is heavy enough. But the amount of weight the Lord took off my shoulders, is the reason I could run so freely yesterday,” McLaughlin said.
“My faith was being tested all week. From bad practices, to 3 false start delays, to a meet delay. I just kept hearing God say, ‘Just focus on me,’” she added. “It was the best race plan I could have ever assembled. I no longer run for self recognition, but to reflect His perfect will that is already set in stone. I don’t deserve anything. But by grace, through faith, Jesus has given me everything. Records come and go. The glory of God is eternal. Thank you Father.”
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