Yet another stand out Floridian Takes home ALOT Of GOLD from the 2012 Track and Field Season
This story was contributed by Briana’s Track Mom Sharon Simpson.
At an early age Briana was diagnosed with ADHD. Innocent and full of heart as she was, she challenged every activity I placed her in. At the age of 3 Briana started ballet and tap dance which she did for 4 yrs. She then went onto doing gymnastics and tennis. At the age of 8 she asked me if she “…could run.” Those were her exact words as she said it using the word “run” until she learned the word “track”.
(This may have been an assimilated interest of hers because I was always watching track and field in television. The sporting background I come from in Jamaica is track and field in a very athletic family.)
In 2011 I took her to the Miramar Optimist Track club to sign up.
The first races she ran she got 1st place with a time of 14.86 and 32.87 and she has enjoyed since then.
Briana was doing so well during the 2011 season it was a competition between her and another athlete called, Trinity Flagler (with whom she is now very good friends) at the AAU clubs in Orlando. Trinity got the 1st place.
The Junior Olympics came along and Briana did great the first day but the heat was so intense, she got sick, but still did her best by placing 4 overall in the 100 and 16th in the 200.
She was upset with herself because she is a very competitive child I reassured her that she did very good for her first time. She ended her 2011 season with 9 golds, 5 silvers, 5 bronze and 1 copper.
With the start of the 2012 season Briana was determined to be the National Champion. She lost one race this season with her only silver and racked up 23 golds during the season.
Bantam Girls 4×100 Relay Team (Myrka Cadet, Jada Bell, Briana Williams & Amaya Rose Strange) Broke a 7 year old record set back in 2005 at the 2012 USATF Junior Olympics held in Baltimore, MD as well as a 12 Year old record set back in 2000 at the 2012 AAU Junior Olympics held in Houston, TX
On Sunday July 29th we got on a plane and headed to the AAU National Junior Olympics in Texas. She won the final in a speedy in 13.11. and again went on to win the final 200m in 27.03 . A personal best .
Briana looks up to Sanya Richards-Ross whose parents are friends of mine. Sanya talks from time to time with Briana. and last year for a school project, Briana shared an oral bio on Sanya. Sanya now displays on her site.
Briana is my only child but she has 2 older siblings a brother and a sister. Her father passed away in 2008 when she was 6 years old. She attends Annunciation Catholic Elementary School and is in 5th grade. She is academically a very sound students with A’s and B’s in school. We are of the Roman Catholic faith, and gain strength from it .
Just an Ordinary “FAST GIRL”
Briana loves to go to the mall, use her iPad, hanging out with her cousins, going to the movies and loves dancing and pretend to be a cheerleader. At 5′ 1” celebrating her birthday on March 21st, she is demonstrating a talent for sprinting and an unbridled passion for track and field.