It does not matter where I am on the competition floor, when Mayleigh Vanderbeek of Champion USA in Holland, Michigan starts cheering for her teammates I instantly know who it is and where she is in the arena. Mayleigh has the most energy and team spirit of any person I know, when she is on the competition floor she can be heard from anywhere cheering on not only her own clubmates, but anyone who is getting ready to take the floor. May could earn the Team Spirit Yahtzee Award all on her own…lol that is just the type of person she is, high energy, happy go lucky, positive and one of the most supportive people around. Mayleigh shows this high level of positiveness and energy in all of her routines. You can tell she absolutely loves what she is doing! I cannot wait for the season to begin so I can watch this brilliant young lady take command of the competition floor. Lets get to know Mayleigh a little bit better as she heads into the 2017-2018 competitive season. Catch Mayleigh and the rest of her Champion USA teammates at the MEGA Magic Meet coming up December 9th at Eastern Michigan University.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I was five years old when I started gymnastics. My mom put me in a class to learn my back handspring so I could become a cheerleader. Turned out I wanted to be a gymnast instead.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is floor or beam because I like to show off my personality throughout my routines.
What is your favorite skill to train/compete? My favorite skill is a double layout on bars because I feel like I’m floating through the air.
What is your dream skill? My dream skill is my Onodi on beam.
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part about gymnastics is being with my teammates and creating a sisterhood with them.
What college do you plan on attending? I plan on attending the University of Kentucky on a full ride gymnastics scholarship.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? My favorite meet to compete at is probably our home meet because all friends and family can come to watch and support me.
What is your biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment is getting a scholarship to a D1 school.
Who do you admire most in the sport of gymnastics? Shawn Johnson is the person I most admire because she was always happy and bubbly.
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? I don’t really have a
favorite playlist that I listen to but I like to get pumped up with my teammates before meets.
If you were trapped on a deserted island what would you bring with you? If I was trapped on an island I would bring my mom, food, and of course my phone.
If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal I would be a dolphin because I could swim all day and do really cool tricks.
Who is your favorite Super Hero? My favorite superhero is Captain underpants because its my imaginary superhero.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? My pre-meet ritual is getting hyped up with my teammates.
What do you like to do outside of gymnastics? Outside of gymnastics I like to go shopping and hang out with my friends.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? The most embarrassing moment is when I screamed “oh buddy” during my vault at state meet this year.
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you try? If I wasn’t a gymnast I would do track
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? I respect gymnast the most because we train all your round and we have the best work ethic.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? The most valuable piece of advice my coach has given me is just be yourself and always have fun
Bonus Question… Tell me something interesting about yourself….I am all conference, all regional, all state in track.
Check Out Mayleigh showing off her personality on her favorite event the floor exercise at the 2017 Region 5 Championships.