Cornforth, from Oklahoma City, began kayaking four years ago and is quickly rising in the national ranks.
Cornforth was one of 16 of the nation's top youth kayakers selected for an elite developmental camp that was held in Oklahoma City this past week.
“She is now one of the best under the age of 14 in the country,” Caven said. “She has had fun with the program and now is reaching the age where she will need to train seriously in order to maintain her improvement. I can see she has the talent and temperament to go a long way in the sport.”
“She has a lot and lot of potential,” he said. “She just has to put her mind to it and train very, very hard and she can be a top junior if she wanted to by she was 15.”
Cornforth also is a talented archer and participates in the Junior Olympic Archery Development in Oklahoma City. The seventh-grader hopes to make the Olympics in both sports.
Both Puckett and Jones say they are committed to the Olympic quest, even though it might be eight or 12 years before either could make it. They say there is no turning back for either of them.
“I have a dream to go to the Olympics and want to succeed at that,” Cornforth said. “I want to make that dream come true.”