I am so humbled to be nominated for the 2018 Gymnast of the Year! My gymnastics career began in a mommy and me class at 18 months old. By 2yo I was climbing to the top of a 20ft rope to earn the right to pick a trinket from the treasure box. At 6yo I began competing Xcel silver at Gymnastix Training Center in Buford, GA. I advanced each year from Xcel silver to Xcel gold to Level 7,9, and 10. I was a member of the Georgia State Team for Xcel gold (2014) and Level 7 (2015). I also qualified Hopes compulsory in 2016 and 2017.
Unfortunately, Gymnastix Training Center chose to discontinue their elite program in 2017 so I made the difficult decision to switch gyms. Jorgen Falk, co-owner of Georgia All Stars, took me under his wing for 4 months and gave me the encouragement I needed to continue the elite path. I finally found "home" at Georgia Elite Gymnastics in September 2017. I had an unforgettable 2018 season which began by earning my Jr. Elite compulsory qualifying score in Myrtle Beach, SC and placing 1st AA. The next elite qualifier was KPAC where I once again placed 1st AA and earned my Jr. Elite optional score and the chance to compete in the American Classic and US Classic. I had to pull out of the American Classic due to injury but fought hard to be ready for the US Classic. Unfortunately, a couple of uncharacteristic falls left me short of my goal but hungry for more.
I ended my JO Level 10 career at Nationals in Cincinnati, OH finishing 4th AA and being named to the JO National Team. I am so grateful for the non-competitive opportunities this year in gymnastics has given me as well. I attended the US Developmental Team Camp, the JO National Team Camp, currently representing Plum Practicewear as a Plum Ambassasor, modeled for the 2018 Ozone Leotard Fashion Show, modeled for Inside Gymnastics Magazine, mentoring young gymnasts, and meeting so many new friends! I believe in the future of USA gymnastics and know that God has a plan for me to be a part of it in some way. I can't wait to see where the path leads! For now, I am excited to focus on my elite career with hopes of earning a place on the 2019 National Team.
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