(Bailee McKay Photo)
The city of Greenbrier along with the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce invites Arkansans across the state to celebrate and cheer on Kayle Browning as she heads to the Olympic games in a send off parade Wednesday, July 14th at 8 PM. Miss Browning’s police escort will begin north of town at Taco Local and travel southbound on Highway 65. Her route will finish in Springhill at the Valero and turn right at Elliot Road. The city is encouraging individuals to line up all along Highway 65 with American flags, homemade signs, posters, noise makers, and be decked out in their red, white, and blue. Business are encouraged to wish her well with their signs and windows.
Browning, 28, began shooting at eight years old with her dad, an avid sporting clay shooter. She began her target career in sporting clays where she made the open All-American Team at just 12 years old. The following year, she attended a Junior Olympic Development Camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado and decided to take up international trap.
in 2007, Kayle was selected for the Shotgun Junior Olympic Team and later that year won the bronze medal in the National Junior Olympic Championships. Since then, she has won several national and international medals, set national and international records.
Kayle has a 20-year shooting career and has been on the USAS team since she was only 15. She enjoys flipping houses (she’s a realtor), hunting, the beach, and working her two dogs. Making an Olympic Team has been a dream since she started shooting; fun fact, the laurel wreath translates to the meaning of her name.
“This young lady has worked entirely too hard for us not to rally together and celebrate her achievements. She not only represents our local community, but the entire state of Arkansas, and of course Team USA! It is an extremely rare thing to say, we have an olympian right here in our own back yard. I hope everyone can come out and celebrate her journey to Tokyo” shares parade organizer, Ashton Pruitt.