Maya Broadnax

Undecided on school

I first started gymnastics when I was 3 years old. Gymnastics has always been a big part of my life. It has been a safe place for me to come and not think about any issues going on in my life. My favorite part about gymnastics was being able to compete at meets with the rest of the Airborne team. I loved how loud and pumped up we got after cheering for each other. What I will miss the most about Airborne is my second family. I have gotten so close to all my teammates and coaches, and I will miss them more than anything. Airborne Gymnastics has been a huge part of my life, and I will miss everybody that has been on this journey with me. Gymnastics isn’t always easy, but with the Airborne coaches and teammates, you will always enjoy coming to the gym.

Gabby Landess

University of California – Davis (scholarship)

I first started gymnastics when I was 6 years old. Gymnastics, although time consuming and at times painful, has been a huge part of my life. I have met so many wonderful people and experienced so many wonderful things. Gymnastics has shaped me into a physically and mentally strong young woman, ready to take on the
world. It has also helped me get through hard times. My favorite moment in gymnastics was when I moved to Airborne. I didn’t start out at Airborne, but when I decided to change gyms, I realized it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I developed a bond with my coaches and teammates, and Airborne has become my second home.

McKenna Zimmerman

Seattle Pacific University (scholarship)

Gymnastics means more than words can express. I have grown into the person that I am today because of what this sport has brought to my life including many life lessons, a family and personal achievements. Being a gymnast is not easy to say at the least! But this sport has taught me so much – it has taught me to persevere no matter what roadblocks I may encounter, to have courage when I am doubtful, to encourage my teammates through adversity, to manage my time with the many hours of schoolwork and to find a passion in something and never give up on it. My most memorable moment in gymnastics is qualifying and competing at my first JO National competition. I was not having the best season I had hoped, but I managed to fight until the end and was able to represent Region 1 in Iowa. I love moments like these where I find a drive and determination to reach a goal no matter how hard it may seem! I will most definitely miss the family that I have grown into and all the special relationships I have created. I will never forget the many moments of laughter that I have had with my teammates and those feelings of coming together to represent Airborne as a whole. I will
also miss my coaches very much, as they have guided me to where and who I am today and have always supported me through my gymnastics career as well as the simple bumps in life.