Athlete Name: Bailey O’Malley
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Bailey O’Malley and I will begin my freshman year at Carnegie Mellon University this fall. I plan to major in mechanical engineering and am looking forward to competing in track and field at the collegiate level. I graduated from Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh this past June and I am excited to start my first year of college. I was a 2-time district champion and PA state medalist in the shot put while maintaining a 4.0 gpa. My daily regimen of weight training and sprinting helped me reach my goal of being one of the top high school athletes in the state in track.
“I believe that despite my illness, I can do and accomplish anything any person without CF can as long as I continue to prioritize my health, athletics and academics."
Tell us what motivates you most.
I do not allow my life to revolve around cystic fibrosis. I want to be able to attend school and hang out with friends without worrying about my disease. I believe that despite my illness, I can do and accomplish anything any person without CF can as long as I continue to prioritize my health, athletics and academics. I work hard in school, exercise daily and stay on top of my treatments and medication so I can continue to be able to go to school and compete in athletics.
Why do you exercise?
I exercise in order to stay physically and mentally healthy as well as improve strength and athleticism for track and field. I have been doing track and field since I was 10 and started weight training when I was 14. I love throwing the shot put and discus in track and field and have worked hard every day in order to compete at the collegiate level. I know exercise will continue to keep me healthy and is an important part of coping with CF.
What are your goals for the future?
My goal is to graduate from Carnegie Mellon while maintaining my health and continuing to excel in my sport. I want to set myself up for success as much as possible in the future by not only graduating from college, but also making sure I focus on my health. I want to continue to improve in track and field with the goal of competing and medaling in NCAA Division lll championships for track and field.
Who is your role model?
Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, I take great inspiration from James Connor. How he was able to continue to be one of the best college football players in the country after dealing with cancer is something that inspires many athletes with life-threatening illnesses. James Connor being able to get into and dominate in the NFL and become a Pro Bowl running back for the Steelers inspires me to work and achieve my goals even though I have CF.