Sonya Wuepper (Running Specialist)
Born in Bulgaria, 42 years old Sonya Wuepper has a Master Degree in IT Communications, 17 years Military and Diplomatic Service behind and a powerful passion for running, biking, SCUBA diving and many other outdoor activities! Sonya walked a long and successful path at the athletics. Been a captain of the Track and field and Cross-country teams at both High school and the University, fully dedicated to the sport and the teams. The lower back and a knee injury set her back for years...till the day she met her life's Game Changer - Sandra Eliot, the CEO of Georgia Game Changers. Thanks to her, Sonya is back on track. She decided to join the Game Changers Team and here she is, ready to help You change Your game! She is your adventure runner - Are you ready? :)
Living the nomad life of a military spouse, Anne moved to the Savannah area in the summer of 2015. At Georgia Game Changers she now truly enjoys sharing her passion for running as well as educating others about health, fitness, and running in particular. Anne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and her Master’s degree in Media & Communications, pursuing both her love for sports and journalism. The German native already started running in elementary school – mainly cross-country and sprint distances. It wasn’t until high school, when she realized how much fun running longer distances could be. Anne completed her first half-marathon in Berlin at the age 17, where she finished first in her age group. Since then, her enthusiasm for running continued to grow over the years: “There is nothing better than putting on a pair of running shoes, go out into nature, and just let your thoughts wander peacefully. Keep calm and run on!”
Living as a military child, Noah has lived in many different places and is well traveled. He moved to Richmond Hill in the summer of 2014. He played on the RHHS Football Team for 2 seasons. Noah is currently dual crediting at Point University in Savannah trying to accomplish his associate’s degree by the time he graduates high school. He ran his first half-marathon at 17 in Savannah at the 2014 Savannah Rock & Roll. He loves sharing his enthusiasm for running and helping others at Georgia Game Changers.
I run to escape, to clear my mind, and to help others.
Throughout middle school I was frequently bullied. I was overweight, although not by much, and frequently heard the word “fat”. I was not happy with the way I looked, and had severe confidence issues. However, I first found my escape in softball, until an ankle injury kept me from continuing.
Although, I could no longer play the sport that I loved so much, I discovered a new love in the cross country team--running. At first, it was hard, really hard, but the coach and the team encouraged me. coach encouraged me, and I found some of my best friends in that team.Working at Georgia Game Changers, I find now that I love helping people in our community find the tools to get better and to fuel their passion. Over the past year, I’ve learned so much from others, and in turn been able to help more and more people every day find the joy in running that I found that first cross country season.
Tommy is a local Richmond Hillian who was born and raised in Savannah. He enlisted right out of high school in the United States Marine Corps as a reservist and is currently working toward becoming an Officer and pilot for the Corps. From running and swimming, to biking and hiking, Tommy enjoys it all. If it involves the outdoors, he has been there and done that. Coming from a long line of military family members, Tommy stays driven to excel in anything he does and puts his mind to.
Phillip began coaching wrestling in 2008 after founding Coastal Athletic Association, then also known as Liberty County Recreational Center Wrestling. After leading that program for a number of years, Phillip then with the help of South Bryan Recreational Center, founded South Bryan Recreational Center Wrestling. Both programs have shown tremendous success with numerous state champions as well as national placers at multiple wrestling levels.
Phillip currently holds a Principles for Coaching Certification, Certification from the National Center for Sports and Safety and is studying with the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers to obtain personal trainer certification.
Phillip also enjoys fishing, collegiate football, track and field, and most of all supporting and training with his wife in her marathon and personal achievement endeavors. After working with some of the marine industry’s largest companies, Phillip is now looking to apply the skills of his past to the Game Changers future and continue to touch people’s lives in a positive, healthy environment as he implements positive change and growth in his own life by virtue of coaching others to their success.
By Sandra Elliott
People run for so very many reasons—personal goals, weight loss, stress relief. These reasons are among my reasons for running as well. But sometimes, my reasons for running reach beyond those things, towards something more deeply personal. I run because I can.
This wasn’t always the case, and perhaps it is why running now means so much to me. I injured my back while mowing the lawn in 2002, and tried for two years to treat it conservatively, yet remain fully active. When the pain became overwhelming, I sought the care of a neurosurgeon, who confirmed that I did indeed need surgery.