Valerie Aubley

Cornell University

I began taking gymnastics classes when I was 4 years old. The sport of gymnastics has shaped who I am and who I hope to be in the future. It has taught me to strive for perfection in everything I undertake. I’ll always remember when the entire team welcomed me to the Airborne family on my first day at the gym. It felt as though I’d always been a part of this team. I will miss the constant support and laughter supplied by my teammates. I’d like to give a huge thanks to my coaches!

Charissa Chou

Brown University

I began my gymnastics career at 18 months old with Gymbo the clown in Gymboree, enrolled in formal gymnastics training at 4 years old in Gold Star gymnastics, and started competing at 6 years old in West Valley Gymnastics. I moved to Airborne when I was 12 years old in level 8. Gymnastics means the world to me. Literally, gymnastics has been my world for the past 13 years. It is an integral part of my life, my identity and my lifestyle. Gymnastics taught me that we are often more capable than we realize, if only we have the courage to try it. It has also shown me that even though we strive for the perfect 10, we do not need to be perfect. It is alright to make mistakes and learn from our failures. Gymnastics taught me that the quickest way to accomplish anything is to simply work hard – the rest will follow. One of the most memorable moments occurred this past season at one of the meets. Before competing on floor, we yelled, “Okay, ladies, let’s get into FLOORMATION!” The true camaraderie amongst our team members is unique. I am really going to miss my Airborne family. From the dedicated, supportive coaches, to the people working at front desks and of course, my team mates, I am going to miss you all.
Valerie & Charissa signing their national letters of intent for college with their coaches: Krystal, Brittany, Cale and Gibran