JANUARY 2017 FEATURED GYMNAST
Ms Tiffani Williams
GYM: Realis Gymnastics academy
BACKGROUND/ETHNICITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN & indian
LEVEL: junior elite
YEARS PARTICIPATING IN GYMNASTICS: 8 YEARS
OCTOBER|NOVEMBER 2016 FEATURED GYMNAST
Ms Lea Mitchell
GYM: american Twisters
BACKGROUND/ETHNICITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN & Caucasian
YEARS PARTICIPATING IN GYMNASTICS: 13 YEARS
TEAM: Michigan State UNIVERSITY (INCOMING FRESHMAN)
August|September 2016 Featured Gymnast
Ms Darian Burns
Gym: Atlanta gymnastics center
Background/Ethnicity: African American
Years participating in gymnastics: 11 years
Team: Seattle Pacific University (Incoming Freshman)
June|July 2016 Featured Gymnast
Ms Sahara Gipson
Gym: Temple University & Galaxy
Background/Ethnicity: African American
Years participating in gymnastics: 17 years
Team: Temple University
May 2016 Featured Gymnast
Ms Alexa Vasquez
Gym: World Elite Gymnastics Ontario
Background/Ethnicity: Japanese & Puerto rican
Years participating in gymnastics: 10 years
April 2016 Jr Featured Gymnast
Ms Chandler King
Gym: Euro Stars
Years participating in gymnastics: 5 years
March 2016 Featured Gymnast
Ms Toni-Ann Williams
Background/Ethnicity: Black, Jamaican-American
LEVEL: COLLEGIATE & INTERNATIONAL ELITE
TEAMS: UC BERKELEY & JAMAICA NATIONAL TEAM
March 2016 Jr Featured Gymnast
Ms Taylor Dior
Gym: Hotshots Gymnastics
Years participating in gymnastics: 7 years
February 2016 Featured Gymnast
Ms Kyla Bryant
Gym: Georgia Elite Gymnastics
Years participating in gymnastics: 12 years
January 2016 Featured Gymnast
Ms Margzetta Frazier
Gym: First State Gymnastics, Delaware
Level: International Elite
Years participating in gymnastics: 13 years
We had the pleasure of chatting with Marz a few days ago. She had just left school (around 12PM) and had a few minutes to talk to us before heading to practice. She was a joy to talk to…very personable and engaging. You can hear the passion in her voice while talking about her sport and the Brown Girls Do Movement! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this young gymnast.
Please read a bit of what we talked about below and be sure to follow her @margzetta and encourage her throughout her career!
BGDG: What is your biggest accomplishment?
Marz: My biggest accomplishment was getting my International Elite Score for the 1st time..
BGDG: How did you feel?
Marz: I felt very accomplished considering that people have been training for that their whole lives and a couple years ago, I didn’t even know what Elite was…
When I finally got my scores, so many doors opened up!
BGBD: What’s your goal for this year?
Marz: My goal for this year is to make the USA National Team, compete in some international assignments and Olympic Trials.
BGBD: What’s your goal for gymnastics in general?
Marz: To be able to look back and have no regrets. My dad would always tell me, “You don’t want to career to be finished… look back and say…I wish I had tried harder”
So my goal is to do my very best and whatever happens…happens for a reason. As long as I’m happy, I’m okay…
(We at BGDG thought that was an awesome outlook! So many people have a goal of being an Olympian or making it to Worlds, but sometimes the achievement of knowing that you left it all on the floor is the most fulfilling!)
BGDG: How do you feel as a Brown Girl Doing Gymnastics?
Marz: I have definitely noticed the small number of Brown Girls doing gymnastics. I have always been one of a very few… I feel like it’s evolving and we are definitely putting our names out there… amazing gymnasts like Gabby, Simone and Elizabeth Price. We are definitely rising up!
BGDG: Do you think there is a need for the Brown Girls Do Movement?
Marz: The whole world needs to see it! You can’t just limit things to how a person looks.. You should base it on their performance! That’s one of the top reasons why I chose UCLA! It’s so diverse…even people from different countries!!! We come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Different shades of brown and we are all very beautiful!
Such a lovely young lady and such a bright future ahead of her! We are behind you 100% Marz…keep being GREAT!