Lily Bruce has taken the gymnastics world by storm this competition season. Bruce, 12 years old, recently competed at the 2019 Nastia Liukin cup
Lily started her gymnastics career at three years old and committed to a formal training regimen for the last four years.
During the 2016-2017 competitive season, Bruce was asked by her coach to set goals.
She told her coach, Ronnie Kelly, “I want to win state championship, that is my goal.”
Bruce competed in six gymnastics meets prior to the state championship, perfecting her routines and skills.
On April, she walked into the Rome arena to compete for the title of Level 7 state champion.
Bruce began her state competition competing on the vault, scoring a 9.375. She finalized an uneven bar set scoring 9.4 before moving to her favorite event, the balance beam, nailing an impressive score of 9.60.
To wrap up the competition, she was the last athlete to compete on the floor exercise, scoring of 9.55. With an all-around score of 37.875, Bruce achieved her goal. She won the Level 7 state championship in her age division, winning the all-around title as well as the individual beam and floor titles.
The Monday after state, Bruce returned to the gym with a new goal to win a regional championship. Her win at the state level meant she was invited to represent the Georgia at the Regional Championships April 22, located in Mobile, Ala. Regionals are the highest competitive event for gymnasts in Level 7.
With three weeks to prepare, she dedicated herself to perfecting and fine-tuning her routines.
Bruce’s all-around score of 38.3, gave her first place at the Regional Championships, winning the gold medal in the all-around, vault (9.6), beam (9.7), and floor exercise (9.625). She also had a score of 9.375 on vault.
Lily dedicates 25+ hours a week to her gymnastics training.