Our next 20 Questions athlete holds a special place in my heart because she will be heading off to the University of Arizona in the fall of 2018. Arizona is like my 2nd home and my favorite place to be, so I feel a definite connection to anyone heading out to the Grand Canyon State to continue their gymnastics careers and education. Perfections Alivia Kendrick is just that athlete! Alivia recently signed her National Letter of Intent to compete for the Lady Wildcats in the fall of 2018. Alivia, who is spunky and full of energy, caught my eye as one to watch a few years ago at a Region 5 camp. She has a great personality, she was always laughing, singing and dancing between her turns. she completely made the camp experience a great one for everyone around her. Alivia who calls the floor exercise her favorite event, was nominated for a 2017 Yahtzee Award for her floor exercise. Let’s get to know Alivia Kendrick a little bit better as she begins her final season with Region 5 & Perfection Gymnastics before she heads out west to join the Wildcats in Tucson, Arizona.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I started one of the little kid classes at the age of 3 and I then started a tumbling class at the age of 4. A coach from the competition team asked me to join the program and I of course jumped at the opportunity of more tumbling and running around the gym. I started competing level 7 at the age of 7 and from there I fell in love with the crazy sport.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is floor
What is your Favorite Part of Gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is the lessons it teaches you and the experiences I get to have through this sport. I also love that I get to train side by side with girls that I can say are like my second family.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? My favorite meet to compete at is Circle of Stars
What is your Biggest Accomplishment in the gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment in gymnastics is being able to continue my career into the collegiate level
What is your favorite skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train is a double layout and my favorite skill to compete is a shaposh.
What is your dream skill? My dream skill is a yurchenko 1 1/2
Who do you admire the most in the sport of gymnastics? Lexie Priessman is the person I admire most in the sport of gymnastics. I have had the honor of training side by side with her and her passion and dedication to the sport of gymnastics is truly inspiring. She is a person I could count on no doubt and I could call her at any point and she’d be there to help me! She’s like a sister to me and I couldn’t ask for a better person to look up to.
What is your favorite leo? Do you still have your first leo? My all time favorite Leo is this blue Motion Wear one I purchased this year and I swear I wear it twice a week haha but I do still have my first leo my mom saved it and it’s sooo small.
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is stick it
What is your go to playlist or song before a competition? I always listen to TLC waterfalls! It has been a tradition every time before I compete for almost 4 years now. It’s kinda joke but it relieves some of the seriousness and pressure of competing.
What do you want to be when you grow up? When I grow up I either want to be a Physical Therapist or a Orthopedic Surgeon
What High School do you go to? Springboro High School
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is blue
What do you like to do outside of gymnastics? I like to go hangout with friends, listen to music, and shop!
What is your most embarrassing gymnastics moment? My most embarrassing moment in gymnastics was during a floor routine I flew out of bounds and by flew I legit mean it haha and so I stopped right by my team and my coach and forgot I was still in a routine. After my coach told me to get back on the floor, I ran back up and finished the routine.
If you were not a gymnast what sport would you try? I would probably try soccer
Where is your favorite place to travel? Cancun
What is the most valuable piece of wisdom or advice your coach has given you? My coach Enrique always tells me how gymnastics doesn’t define who I am it’s just a big part of my life so making mistakes are going to happen it’s just what you do from that point on to better yourself as an athlete and a person. He always knows what to say I’m times of me stressing out or just to give us a dose of his wisdom