A Juneau-based Coast Guard officer has been named the service’s Elite Female Athlete of the Year.
Lieutenant Nicole Auth received the honor for helping the U.S. sailing team win the bronze medal at the 5th Military World Games held earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The team was made up of service women from the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corp.
Auth works in the Coast Guard’s 17th District Prevention and Investigations office in Juneau.
Each year, the Coast Guard selects elite male and female athletes who make a significant contribution in a team sport, and have a positive impact in their community.
Auth volunteered to teach sailing to high school students while stationed in Hawaii. She herself has been sailing since high school, and was on the Coast Guard Academy sailing team before graduating in 2004.