Gym: Champion (Kentucky)
Age Group: Junior C
Favorite Quote: “Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become who you respect, mirror what you admire.”
Favorite Social Media: SnapChat
Favorite Super Hero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Cheese
Favorite Subject: Social Studies
Tell us about your experience competing at level 10 regionals in 2019, compared this experience to past Regionals or Level 9 Regionals if this was your first year of 10. Last year at Regionals I didn’t have as much fun. I was so focused on what score the judges would give me or how I compared to others throughout the meet. This year I was able to let loose a little and I knew that even if i didn’t qualify, I still had fun and I would work even harder next year to help accomplish my goal. When I knew I qualified, I was so glad that all my hard work and effort, even when practices got hard, payed off.
What have you learned from previous experiences at Regionals or Nationals and what made this year different? At past regionals, I have not been as confident or prepared. This year, however, I was excited to be able to perform my best and show my best routines. I dialed in on corrections and most of all had fun. As nerve-wrecking as regionals can be, I still enjoyed every routine I did!
What are you most looking forward to about nationals? I’m looking forward to being able to represent Region 5 and contributing in every way possible! I can’t wait to get to know my teammates more and getting to cheer them on!
How does it feel to represent Region 5 on a national stage? It is so exciting!! Being able to show off my routines and knowing that I accomplished a huge goal of mine has made me extremely happy. I can’t wait to show others how much fun Region 5 has and what we have to offer!
What is your most memorable moment in gymnastics besides qualifying to JO nationals? This season I had a turning point in my routines. I was hitting my skills but not focusing on the form. At the Gymquarters Podium Meet, I fell on my first event but didn’t let that get to me. Instead I took it as motivation to push myself and really dialed in on everything I did. I achieved career highs on bars, floor, vault, and AA, which led to a great rest of the season.
What is the most powerful piece of advice you have received and how has it specifically impacted your gymnastics? The most powerful piece of advice I have received is to go full out and don’t hold back. My beam coach always tells me before I compete to go out and attack my skills. It makes me more confident and stays in my mind throughout the entire meet.
Tell me something interesting about yourself….special talents, hobbies, interesting facts etc I really like to watch college sports like baseball and basketball because of all the hype that surrounds them. I also like to watch Netflix shows, like Greys Anatomy, The Office, and Parks and Rec. I’ve watched them so many times with my friends because they are so good.