Its Tuesday!!! That means it’s 20 Questions Tuesday!!! We took a break on Sunday from our Senior Sunday to honor all of our amazing Gymnastics Dads out there in Region 5 Land, but we are back today to continue honoring our Class of 2020 Graduates!
Our next Graduate recently graduated from Clawson High School and will be heading to Bowling Green State University in the fall to continue her academics and athletes as part of the Falcons Gymnastics Team. Annabelle was a former TOPs National Team Member as a young gymnast have qualified twice to the B Team. Annabelle also qualified to the 2016 Level 9 Eastern National Championships by winning the Region 5 Championships in her age group, however she did not get to compete due to spraining her ankle in the practice session before the meet. Despite this set back she pressed on and was there for her team. What I love about this athlete is her fight and pure joy for the sport of Gymnastics! Every time I saw her on the competition floor she was smiling & cheering. This season has been like none other before, these senior athletes have handled it better than imagined! Let’s get to know Annabelle a little better as she gets back into the gym and prepares for the next chapter at BGSU!
What is your favorite event? Why? Floor, because I love to upgrade new skills and show off my routine and dance when I’m competing.
Favorite Skill to train/compete? Why? I love competing my 1 ½ front lay, because it’s a consistent skill for me so I know that I am confident to end my routine on a good last pass.
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of Gymnastics would be creating a bond with my teammates, traveling new places, and the rush of adrenaline you get at competitions.
What college do you plan on attending? Why? Bowling Green State UniversityWhen I went on my visit, I truly felt that the team was more like a family. The girls and coaches were so welcoming and I could feel that they were just as excited for me to be on the team as I was.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? Athlete Warrior, because it’s our gym’s home meet and I love having my friends and family and everyone there supporting me. I also love the Pikes Peak meet in Colorado, because of the location and it was so beautiful.
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? Becoming a level 10 gymnast and reaching my goal of doing gymnastics at a Division 1 school.
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? My favorite is definitely the OMG Moments because they’re so funny to watch.
If you could have 1 superpower what would it be? Teleportation, because I could transport myself to anywhere I want.
Discuss not being able to finish your senior season like you had hoped. It was really sad hearing the news that the rest of the season was cancelled. I wish I could go out one more time and compete with my teammates and get one last rush of adrenaline. It’s sad knowing that I’ll never get to go out on the floor wearing red again but I can’t wait for the next 4 years at BGSU!!
What do you miss most about gymnastics during this time? Laughing and having fun in the gym with my coaches and teammates.
What will you miss most about being part of Region 5? The cheers and the endless support from everyone. Getting to see/compete with friends from other gyms.
Do you have a nickname? If so, what Is the story behind it? There really isn’t a story behind it, it’s just what everyones has always called me in the gym. Probably because it’s way easier to say than Annabelle.
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? Gabby Wilson, Matilyn Waligora, Isabel Redmond, Riley Meeks, and Tara Walsh. They all welcomed me onto their team when I switched gyms and showed great leadership and positivity. They inspired me to continue as I became a senior leader on the team.
Most Memorable Gymnastics or Nationals Moment? Winning level 9 Regionals my first year competing level 9 and my team winning level 10 States last year.
How do you want to be remembered, by us here in Region 5 as well as your home club & teammates? I’d like to be remembered as someone who never gave up on their dreams even through hard times and adversity.
What is something special your friends, family, school, coaches or teammates, have done for you during this quarantine to make missing out on those special senior moments a little easier to handle? My mom decorated the front of our house with signs and my leo and fathead. My coaches have weekly zoom meetings for each level, so we can stay connected.