Future Olympian, Andrea Fosters, recently added another award to her outstanding resume when she was named “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women! The middle distance runner is the first Guyanese student to receive this distinguished honor. This annual recognition is awarded during the month of February in honor of the 32nd anniversary of National Girls & Women in Sports Day; a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports
In 2017 Andrea was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Year – Atlantic Region, the first such honor in cross country for an Essex student-athlete. She was also named the Cross Country of the Year athlete for 2016 and Essex County College Women’s Cross Country Most Valuable Runner for the 2016/2017, and Essex’ 2016/2017 Women’s Cross Country Academic Scholar.
Andrea started running when she was 13 and continues to excel. She was a double bronze medal winner in the 800 and 1,500 meters at the 2016 CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games. She also represented Guyana at the 2015 World Championships held in Beijing, China.
It’s no surprise that Andrea has had success as an athlete. Her mother Alisha Fortune, a massage therapist and body builder, has also competed and won several gold medals for Guyana and in the 100, 200 and 400 meters race categories.
“This is a quite an honor, I thank my teachers, my coaches and my family. This award reflects all the support they have given me as I achieved my academic and athletic goals.”
Andrea earned a scholarship in 2016 to attend Essex County College in New Jersey, and is a straight ‘A’ student studying General Science. She garnered inspiration from 2008 Summer Olympian, Marian Burnett, who is also Guyanese, and an Essex College alumna.