Sydney Makarri Doggette is one of the top gymnasts not only in Region 5, but the country as well, having qualified to the U.S Classic Hopes Division (2x), Nastia Liukin Cup (3x), and JO National Championships (3x). Makarri has earned National Titles on the Vault (2017), Balance Beam (2015), Floor Exercise (2017) and the All-Around (2017). Makarri, who comes from a family of athletes, has always been a fan avorite with her high flying vaults, entertaining floor routine and of course her cheering pandas who never miss a competition. Watching Makarri compete is like watching an artist paint a masterpiece, she is so light on her feet and makes even the hardest skills look effortless it was no wonder why she scored a perfect 10 on the vault at the 2016 Buckeye Classic, even winning the 2016 Yahtzee Award for “Most Memorable Meet Moment” for the feat. As meet season is fast approaching lets get to know Makarri a little bit better as she prepares herself for what should be a fantastic season for this JO National All-Around Champion, but before the 2017-2018 begins Makarri will be honored this weekend at the 2017 Region 5 Banquet as one of the JO Athletes of the year and a member of the Region 5 All Star Team that will be traveling to Montreal, Canada in October. Congratulations to Makarri for all your accomplishments thus far and we cannot wait to see what the next two years holds for you before you head off to Alabama in 2019! Roll Tide.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I started Gymnastics when I was 1, as soon as I could walk. My mom put me in classes because she was a gymnastics at Buckeye and now she coaches there.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is floor
Dream Skill? My dream skill would be The Biles
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is the feeling you get after hitting a routine
What college do you plan on attending? I will be attending Alabama
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far is winning nationals
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? I admire my big sister Brooklyn
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? My favorite Region 5 Insider feature or series is The Eye on 5 (Check out Makarri’s Episode)
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? I do not listen to music before
If you were trapped on a deserted island what 3 things would you take and why? If I was trapped on a deserted island, I would bring an airplane, a pilot and all my luggage
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? I would be a Panda, because it is me in animal form.
Who is your favorite superhero? My favorite superhero is Mermaid Man and Barnical Boy from Spongebob
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I have to wear my Panda Pajamas and visualize my routines right before I go to sleep the night before the meet. I wear my panda socks to every meet, bring my Pandas Miracle Bear and Papa Po and I can’t change my profile on any social media once season starts until after it ends.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? Outside of gymnastics I like to watch Netflix and hangout with friends
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? My bar routine at 2017 Regionals
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? If I was not a gymnast I would try FootballWhich athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? Laurie Hernandez
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? The most valuable piece of advice my coach has ever given me was “Keep your peace. When your mind is at peace, that is when you’re the most powerful”
Bonus Questions: Tell me something special about yourself….. My forest name is Sydney because I was born during the Sydney Olympics, my middle name is Makarri after Blaine Wilson’s wife, my second middle name is “six” named after my dad’s football number.
Check out some of Makarri’s highlights from JO Nationals, Nastia Liukin Cup and many more.