A former student of Anza’s Hamilton High School now has the occasion to compete in two grueling cross country races this summer – in Australia.
Alberto “Beto” Rivera, 16, has a chance to go to Australia to compete and represent California in the 20th annual Down Under Gold Coast Classic 5.7K Challenge and the All-American 5K meet this summer.
A company called DownUnder Sports helps organize promising young athletes for competitions in Australia. Sports such as basketball, football, track and field, volleyball and even golf are represented. Their program includes transportation, housing, coaching, meals and more. But this opportunity costs the athlete a hefty sum.
“This trip will cost over $5,000,” Beto’s mother, Jennifer Satterfield said. “I have started a GoFundMe page to help collect money. He will be in Australia for 10 days and compete in two races, a 5.7K and a 5K. The funds need to be paid no later than May 2018. Beto is super excited about this opportunity and hopes together we can help reach his goal.”
Rivera’s family had been residents of Anza for 8 and one-half years. They just recently moved to Hemet to be closer to his stepfather’s work.
“Beto got into cross country because he liked running, and a few of his friends and others were on the team already,” Satterfield said.
In his sophomore year, Rivera joined the Hamilton High School cross country team and quickly worked his way up to become one of the top three runners in the lineup, representing the school at the championships and the CIF finals.
Rivera’s entire family is from Southern California and Arizona and support him fully in his trip to Australia.
“We are all so excited for this opportunity for him. We will be there with him in spirit.” Satterfield said.
Rivera loves to run and he plans to pursue running and working to earn a scholarship to attend the Police Academy in San Diego. This young man has plans for his future and competing “Down Under” is one of his goals.
He runs now about twice a week to stay in shape and to keep his time, but will begin serious training in anticipation of the big Aussie races.
“I always wanted to visit Australia and to have the chance to run in the very place I have always wanted to go is exciting,” Rivera said. “Getting this opportunity is a big deal, and I believe it is a steppingstone to my future.”
“We all try to teach our kids, if you want something bad enough, you need to work for it. And this is what Beto is doing. We are so proud of him. His Hamilton coach said he was quite surprised how he advanced so quickly in a short amount of time,” Satterfield said.
To help Beto reach his financial goal of $5,000 to permit him to have this once-in-a-lifetime chance to run Down Under, visit his GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/albertoriverarunstoaustralia.
For more information about DownUnder Sports, visit www.downundersports.com/sports/cross%20country.
To donate directly, call (435) 735-4732 and mention Alberto Rivera from California.