Bailey Marsh Receives Julia Clukey Courage Award

Olympian honors local student for leadership and overcoming adversity

WELLS, Maine – On Sept. 6, Olympian Julia Clukey reached more than 140 students as part of her new “Julia Inspires” campaign when she presented to students from Wells High School. As part of the assembly, Clukey encouraged students to find their passion, create a plan and go after their dreams. After the presentation, she honored Bailey Marsh with the Julia Clukey Courage Award. Marsh received the honor because of her leadership skills and ability to overcome adversity.

Bailey Marsh of Wells High School receives Clukey Courage Award

From left to right: Olympian Julia Clukey presents Bailey Marsh the Julia Clukey Courage Award alongside Rep. Robert Foley. Photo courtesy: Jennifer Lewia/Wells High School

Clukey, 31, has shared her story at 63 Maine schools, reaching more than 19,000 students. The Augusta native is scheduled to present at more middle schools and high schools this year.

“Bailey is a strong young woman. Her leadership skills and ability to overcome adversity make her a great recipient for the award. I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet her and it is clear she has a very bright future ahead of her,” said Clukey.

Administrators at Wells High School selected Bailey for the Julia Clukey Courage Award because she is a tremendous role model for other students. She is a dedicated student and athlete as member of the Wells field hockey and lacrosse teams. She is also vice president of the student council.

“Bailey is a “go-to” kid when you need something done right and fast. She’s responsible, mature and wise. She has the high energy, priority-juggling, time-management skills needed to lead huge campus-wide projects, such as the pep rally and homecoming. Bailey is a port in the storm. She is a very compassionate person, a great listener and friend, and responsible member of her family. She is a universally well-liked individual and an integral part of our Wells community,” said Josh Gould, assistant principal at Wells High School.

Rep. Robert Foley who represents District 7, including parts of Wells, joined Clukey at the event and helped present the Julia Clukey Courage Award.

The presentation was provided at no cost to the school as part of her “Julia Inspires” campaign that continues to build on her success as spokesperson for the Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association (MBWDA). The new campaign is made possible by the MBWDA. Middle and high school administrators can request a presentation at www.clukeyluge.com.

Clukey recently announced her retirement from the sport of luge based on recent concerns about her future health related to onset of pain she has experienced from Arnold-Chiari malformation, a congenital brain condition that she has endured throughout her career.

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From left to right: Olympian Julia Clukey presents Bailey Marsh the Julia Clukey Courage Award alongside Rep. Robert Foley. Photo courtesy: Jennifer Lewia/Wells High School

About the MBWDA
The Maine Beer & Wine Distributors Association (MBWDA), founded in 1933, is a nonprofit trade association that advocates on behalf of Maine-based, family-owned businesses licensed to distribute beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages to Maine retailers, restaurants and bars that are licensed to sell these products to consumers. MBWDA members operate under a state-based regulatory system that ensures products are consumed legally and responsibly. The association and their spokesperson Olympian Julia Clukey also support numerous alcohol awareness initiatives to help Maine residents make responsible choices about alcohol. For more information, visit www.mainebeerandwine.com.

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