When Naysa Brewer broke the state record in middle school girls shot put, she knew she had done something special. 

“After I rotated my throw, I turned around and saw where the shot landed and I knew I’d done it,” Naysa says. “I clenched my fists with excitement.”

The then-Jones Middle School eighth grader competed with Jackrabbit Track and Field in the Georgia Middle School State Championships held in late April, where her record-breaking throw measured 43 feet, 5 inches, compared to the previous record of 42 feet, 4 inches. 

When an official confirmed she had broken the record, “I yelled, screamed and jumped,” Naysa says. “I was so happy and proud.” 

She also placed third in discus at the competition with a throw of 99 feet, 9 inches.  

Naysa has been involved in track and field for seven years, since she was 6 years old, and has competed in shot put since she started. The now 13-year-old holds state championship titles in that event for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022. She didn’t compete in 2020 due to COVID. 

Naysa also holds the 2019 AAU Junior Olympic championship title in 10-year-old girls shot put with a winning throw of 27 feet, 7.05 inches. Also that year, Naysa won the AAU Club Championship title in girls 10-year-old shot put, breaking the standing record with a throw of 30 feet, 01.05 inches, a record that remains unbroken. She also won the Adidas Track Indoor Nationals girls 12-year-old shot put championship title in 2022 with a winning throw of 38 feet, 07.05 inches. 

Naysa looks forward to competing at Seckinger High School during her upcoming freshman year, and she hopes to place at state in shot put, discus and javelin. 

“My marks are pretty strong in all three, but I am currently working on improving my technique in discus and javelin,” Naysa says. 

But before she starts her freshman year at Seckinger, Naysa hopes to finish her final year of the middle school club season with Jackrabbit Track and Field by winning the championship title at the 2023 AAU Club Championship this July in Orlando, Florida, and ranking within the top 8 in discus and javelin. 

Naysa is the daughter of Levi Brewer III and Kimberly Brewer. Her father serves as her throwing coach. The family resides in Buford. 

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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