High-jumper preparing to compete in Australia
By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Ashford - posted Thu., Feb. 23, 2012
Sailing through the air and being in the top 10 in Connecticut can grab some notice. Danielle Cote, senior at E.O. Smith High School, is an accomplished high-jumper on the school’s track and field team. “I feel like I am flying over that bar at times, and it is exciting as it is raised each time,” she said.
Cote will be participating in the Down Under Sports Tournament on the track and field team this year. “I am honored to be an ambassador of not just my community and state, but also our country,” she said. The event is sponsored by International Sports Specialists, Inc. The organization, based in Utah, has been sponsoring sporting completions in Australia since 1982.
On Feb. 17, Cote was surrounded by friends and family at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Knowlton Hall. This was just one event in many on the long journey to raise the $3,800 required by each individual athlete. Her supporters include more than 30 businesses in the region and dozens of individuals and families. Supporters at the fundraiser included her school’s track and field team, of which she is captain, and the coach, Cassandra Rowett. “She is an accomplished student-athlete, a natural leader and hard worker,” Rowett said.
The Cotes are an athletic family. Sandy and Phil Cote are always following a team somewhere. Their oldest daughter Nicole plays basketball for Keene State, and they go to almost every New England game. “I look up to my sister every day with everything she has been through, and I hope I can accomplish as many goals as she has when I am her age,” Danielle said. Soon, the Cotes will have only Danielle’s team to follow, as their son Kris has graduated and Nicole will be graduating from Keene this year.
Sandy Cote is a bit apprehensive about sending her youngest daughter off to Australia. “I’m very excited, but nervous about her trip. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m so proud of her. She is a great kid,” she said.
As for Danielle, she is excited, without the apprehension. “To be chosen for this amazes me just because I never thought people noticed or paid attention to how I jumped. I have been told I have very good form, but I never thought it was good enough,” she said.
To make a donation in support of Danielle’s Cote’s trip to Australia, call 860-429-2246.