Alopecia Spotlight: Leah Hayes

Recently, another huge milestone for alopecia youth has come to NAAF in the form of Leah Hayes, who won Sports Kid Of The Year (SKOTY) at Sports Illustrated Kids. The award goes to kids who have shown exceptional sports talent. In Leah’s case, she is an outstanding swimmer. That really surprised me–I know her, and I know that she swims, but I didn’t know that she often laps her opponents in the best heat! While Leah is a much better competitive swimmer than I am, and she’s much older than me, we do have similarities pointing to our alopecia. Both of us love swimming, especially when we don’t need swim caps. The whole purpose of a swim cap is to squish people’s hair in so they are more aerodynamic, but with no hair at all, both of us are faster without a swim cap! When she swims, she is usually faster than everyone, even though she is always in the best heat. That excellence is exactly why she wants to go to the Olympics.

When she swims, she is usually faster than everyone, even though she is always in the best heat.

I think it’s safe to say that this was one good move for SIK.

This story appeared first at sikids.com.

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