USC Incoming Distance Runner Lucy Westlake Wins An ESPY
Incoming USC distance runner Lucy Westlake (second from the right in the photo) received a Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award 2022 as part of the ESPYS televised on ESPN on July 20. She was one of five young women to receive the award for using the power of sport as a catalyst for change and making a positive impact on society.
Westlake is known for becoming the youngest American women to reach the top of Mount Everest on May 12, 2022. She has now reached the summit of five of the seven highest mountains on each continent: Kilimanjaro (Africa), Elbrus (Europe), Denali (North America), Aconcagua (South America), and Everest (Asia). After breaking the Mt. Everest record, Westlake is determined to close the gender gap in mountain climbing.
Westlake's goal is to set a world record in April 2023 as the youngest woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam: climbing the highest mountain on each continent and skiing the last degree to the North and South poles. To complete the Explorers Grand Slam, Westlake will need to climb Carstensz Pyramid in Papua New Guinea, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, and ski the last degree to the North and South poles.
As part of her award, Westlake receives a one-time $10,000 grant to nonprofit of her choice that aligns with her work to close the gender gap in mountain climbing. She will also participate in experiential learning and development programs over the next year to receive mentoring and leadership coaching, while engaging with senior leaders in the sport industry and attending sport-for-development workshops. She also will meet and learn from tennis legend and social activist Billie Jean King and become part of the award's powerful alumni network of young leaders using the power of sports to create social good in their communities.
Westlake will begin school at USC in the Fall.
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