Connie Johnston, Weber State's versatile track and field athlete, will compete in the World Games for the Deaf in Christchurch, N.Z., early next year - unless she fails to raise expense money by the end of the month.
Johnston and her supporters are trying to raise the $4,500 she will need to compete in the Games, which will be held Jan. 7-17. The money will cover travel, room and board expenses. If Johnston fails to raise the funds by Nov. 30, she could be cut from the team.Send donations to Connie Johnston Fund, C/O Shirley Platt, 1052 Darling, Ogden, 84403.
Johnston, a two-time All-America track athlete at Weber High School, was the youngest athlete to compete in the 1985 World Games for the Deaf. She won three gold medals, in the high jump, heptathlon and 4 x 400 relay. She holds the world record in two events, the high jump and hepatathlon. In 1986, Johnston became the first deaf athlete ever to make the U.S. Junior Olympic Team.