The National Strength and Conditioning Association recently awarded Grand Haven native Joanna Fleming, from the University of Michigan, with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award.
The award recognizes a student athlete’s dedication to strength training and conditioning.
This year, the NSCA awarded 229 collegiate and high school athletes from 98 schools with this esteemed award.
Fleming was selected by her strength coach, who said, "Joanna has battled back from some injuries to become a real leader among all of the throwers. She has stayed committed to her training program all year and sets a great example for the freshman throwers. Jo is someone who can always be counted on to get everyone focused and it is my pleasure to nominate her for this award.”
"The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics,” added Boyd Epley, Founder of the NSCA. “The NSCA is pleased to recognize student-athletes that put forth an effort to improve their performance through strength and conditioning. They are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."
Fleming is a 2009 graduate of Grand Haven High School and is a three-year member of the Michigan track and field team. She throws discus, hammer and weight for U-M.
“She developed her love and commitment to strength training as a GHHS junior and senior under the guidance of Jim O’Neill, the GHHS weight room coach at the time,” said Fleming’s mother, Betty.
Fleming’s highlight this year was an eight-place finish in the weight throw at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational on Jan. 19.
As a sophomore, she placed 24th at the Big Ten Championships in the hammer throw.
At Grand Haven, Fleming placed fourth in the state in the discus her