Created: 05/28/2014 7:11 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4
During the 2014 Winter Olympics, KOB Eyewitness News 4 introduced you to an Albuquerque teacher who wants to represent Team USA in the summer games.
What does it take to be on an Olympic team? Deanna “Dee” McGillivray says determination, and she has a lot of it.
The physical education teacher at Highland High school was a USA rugby player for 6 years.
Now she's breaking into Olympic handball, a game she got into by accident.
She reached out for information on starting a high school handball team, and the Olympic team coach took notice of her.
“The coach wanted me to play on the national team and I was like, I don't know what I'm doing after two days of playing,” she said.
With little experience, the athlete says she has to catch up.
“Just training at Black Box Fitness just to make sure that I can train up my fitness level and try to get as fast as them,” she said.
Her team is training in Auburn, Alabama and to join them she would have to raise the money.
She is now asking for sponsorships and donations so that she can represent New Mexico on a world level.
“She has more dedication than any other athlete than I've ever met in my entire life,” said McGillivray’s trainer Rob Tapia. “Her work ethics is incredible and just genetics she's a freak of nature.”
She will have to leave her job as a teacher, but she hopes her actions will inspire her students to chase their dreams.
“My best advice for wanting to chase you dreams is just jump for it if it’s something that you're 100 percent passionate about,” she said, “You can always find support, you can always find resources, you can always learn.”
There will be a weight lifting event at Black Box Fitness at 9:00 a.m. on June 28 at The Black Box Fitness (4201 Yale Blvd. Suite I). You can come by and donate to her training.