Southlake Olympian Hailey Hernandez receives hometown hero sendoff to Tokyo

Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves U.S.A. flags during the parade. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Southlake Olympian Hailey Hernandez gives a speech in front of the community at Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hailey Hernandez, 18, waves at the crowd on July 9 in Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Southlake's Department of Public Safety paraded along with Hailey Hernandez around Town Square. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Southlake Mayor John Huffman reads a proclamation making July 9 Hailey Hernandez day. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Hailey Hernandez, 18, is a Carroll ISD class of 2021 graduate. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
With two weeks left before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Southlake Olympian Hailey Hernandez received a warm sendoff parade by the community as she prepares to compete with USA Diving in the women's 3-meter.

Riding in the back of a Jeep ornated with U.S. flags and colors and surrounded by teammates, classmates and community members, Hernandez was celebrated by all as a hometown hero.

"There's so much going through my mind, so much excitement, a little bit of nerves, and definitely just having to dial down my training and manage everything else surrounding me - my schooling and still going off to college and all that stuff," Hernandez told Community Impact Newspaper. "But I'm super excited to go out there and I can't wait to be competing."

Hernandez, a Carroll ISD class of 2021 graduate, will be attending the University of Texas at Austin in the fall and is the youngest female diver at 18 years old going to Tokyo, according to Team USA.

"Of course [gold is] the goal, but I just want to go out there and do the best that I can. And if I do that, I'll be super happy with my results," she said.


In honor of her achievement, the city proclaimed July 9 as Hailey Hernandez day in a joint proclamation with the mayor of Tome, Japan - one of Southlake's sister cities.

"This is a culmination of years and years of hard work of determination of grit of sacrifice and of discipline, all of which have put Haley and her teammates in the position to succeed at the very highest level on athletics' biggest stage," Southlake Mayor John Huffman said.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.


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