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JO National Newbies: Molly Parris, Gym World

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Name: Molly Parris 

Gym: Gym World

Age Group: Senior E

Graduation: 2019

Favorite Quote: “I can do all things who Christ who gives me strength” -Philippians 4:13 

Favorite Music: Rap or Early 2000s

Favorite Subject: Any kind of History

Favorite Social Media: Snapchat

Favorite Color: Pink

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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. This year at regionals I really wanted to go out there and have fun. Going into it I really wanted to make nationals but I had to focus on what I could control.  I can’t control the results so I just focused on doing my best and then seeing how everything turned out. Although it wasn’t my best performance, I’m happy I made it to nationals and I’m looking forward to finishing up the season strong in Indianapolis.

What have you learned from previous experiences at Regionals or Nationals and what made this year different? I think my first couple regionals as a level 10, I was always really nervous and not as confident. Also, when I was younger I compared myself to other girls. This year since I’m a senior, I tried to go out there and leave everything out on the floor. It was my last meet wearing my club leo so I wanted to make it as memorable as possible. 

What are you most looking forward to about nationals? I’m really looking forward to nationals! I’m really excited to be wearing the region 5 leo and having fun because it’s my last JO meet.

How does it feel to represent Region 5 on a national stage? It’s a huge honor to represent region 5 at nationals. It’s so cool to be apart and compete as a region. I think there’s also a lot of pride wearing the region 5 leo.

What is your most memorable moment in gymnastics besides qualifying to JO nationals? Besides making nationals, the most memorable moment in gymnastics is when I committed to Eastern Michigan on a full scholarship my junior year. Doing gymnastics in college has always been a dream of mine so I’m super excited to go to Eastern!

What is the most powerful piece of advice you have received and how has it specifically impacted your gymnastics? I’m not sure if this is considered advice or not but I my teammates and I always ask each other “How bad do you want it?” Everyone has a specific goal in mind so when we ask each other that, it definitely pushes us and makes us remember our goals and what we’re working towards. I think it pushes me and reminds me to push through the hard or bad days.

 Tell me something interesting about yourself….special talents, hobbies, interesting facts etc Interesting facts: I was adopted from China when I was nine months old

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