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Gotham Burger Sportstar of the Week Ameerah Ali

The Jewish Link of New Jersey and Gotham Burger would like to recognize sixteen-year-old Ameerah Ali as this week’s Sportstar of the Week. The Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School tenth grader had a terrific meet when the Kushner Cobras swim team defeated Ma’ayanot 59-36 at the season’s opening. Ameerah finished first in several categories: 25 fly, 50 free, and 50 back, while she placed second in the 50 fly. She was also on the team’s first place 100 medley relay team and second place 100 free relay. An amazing performance for Ali and the entire RKYHS squad. Coach Carlee Phillips commended the entire team on a terrific showing and is eager for their next meet

Ameerah, Yasher Koach on a great opening meet, I am sure it is very satisfying to see all of your hard work pay off. I have no doubt you have an amazing support system. Who is one of your role models?

My two main role models are my mom and my sister. My mom has been my mentor, role model and friend. My mom is a single parent who is very strong and determined and teaches me these traits. She is the source of my motivation and support. She is always helping others in need and inspires me to be like her.

My sister, is also my support and trainer. Since she is an experienced swimmer she guides me on how to improve. She always helps at my swim meets and along with my mom, encourages me to do better. She is always there for me, very thoughtful and caring.

Who I your favorite athlete?

My favorite athlete is Missy Franklin, who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Missy, at age 17, won a total of five medals, four of which were Gold. Going to the Olympics at such a young age shows that nothing is impossible once you are determined.

What is your pregame routine?

My pregame routine is stretching, listening to music and getting pumped up.

What is your earliest sports memory?

My earliest sport memory is when my mom used to take me to “Mommy and Me swimming” at the YMCA. This helped me to become comfortable in the water and motivated me to excel at swimming.

What is your favorite sports memory?

My favorite sports memory was when I was swimming against one of the best swim teams in New Jersey. I was swimming 50-meter back stroke and was very nervous. I thought for sure I was not going to place. I got on the driving board and when the official said “go,” I swam as fast as I could. I touched the wall and there were no other swimmers in sight. I thought I was so slow that the other swimmer came out of the pool before me. However when I turned around I saw the other swimmers still swimming. I came in first place and got a ribbon. I was very proud of myself.

When not swimming what do you like to do?

I like to listen to music, play the piano and hang out with my friends and family. I also like to visit my elderly neighbor, Aunty Adele, and help her with anything she needs. Lastly, I enjoy travelling and experiencing different countries and cultures.

What is the best thing about being a Sportstar

The best thing about being a Sportstar is that I can influence others to participate in sports. I can help my teammates become better swimmers by giving them tips to improve their speed, helping coach and correcting their strokes. I would to thank my teammates and Coach Carlee Phillips for their motivation and support that keeps me grounded.

The Gotham Burger Sportstar of the Week will receive a $10 gift certificate to Gotham Burger. Please send nominees for next week’s Gotham Burger Sportstar of the Week to [email protected].

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