Brookelyn Sears from Tops Gymnastics in Ohio may be small, but she is mighty! Brookelyn, who was part of the Junior F JO National Champion Team, bring lots of power to her gymnastics. I first noticed this athlete a few years ago because of her vault, which was so different at the time, a Yurchenko tucked full. On the competition floor Brooklyn is a joy to watch because of her spirit, she always seems to be having a great time. Let’s get to know Brooklyn a little better as she begins her junior season and her charge towards another JO Nationals.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? Both of my parents coached so I would always go into the gym with them. I was 18 months when I was put into the parent/toddler classes and I was 2 ½ when I started going to classes by myself.
What is your favorite event? Bars
Favorite Skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train is my aerial straddle jump connection.
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a double layout on floor.
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part about gymnastics are the feelings you get when you finally get a skill and how you learn so many life lessons that you can use for the rest of your life.
What college do you plan on attending? I plan on attending Northern Illinois University.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? J.O. Nationals is definitely my favorite to compete at because of the fun atmosphere.
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far is receiving a full ride to NIU.
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? I admire one of my old teammates Zoey because of how passionate she is for this sport and how she never gives up.
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? Eye on 5
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? I like to listen to pump up music before I compete.
If you were trapped on a deserted island what 3 things would you take and why? I would take food, water, and my best friend.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? I would want to be a dolphin because they are so fun and playful.
Who is your favorite superhero? My favorite superhero is Captain America
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I have to eat pasta the night before.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? I like hanging out with my friends and taking pictures.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? At my first level 7 meet I was terrified that I would forget my floor routine and when I went to compete floor it was in the middle of my leap pass and I totally forgot what I was doing. I forgot most of my dance in that part of the routine, but I did start to remember and finished my routine.
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? I would try diving.
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? I respect anyone who gives their sport all that they can and have the desire to want to do it.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? To do one skill at a time.
Bonus Question:Tell me something interesting about yourself…. I want to go to school and become a photographer.