My name is Gabrielle Stephen, and I am a level 10 USAG gymnast at Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy (MEGA). My graduating class year is 2021. I started gymnastics when I was just 5 years old in a recreational classes at Gymkana Gymnastics in Hanover Park, IL. Soon after I moved to my current gym, MEGA gymnastics in Elgin, IL, and joined the competitive gymnastics team.
When I was just a toddler, I had mini muscles that popped out everywhere which led to my nickname, “Powerhouse,” and when my parents caught me climbing shelves in the hallway, they knew it was time to put me in gymnastics. From a young age I really took to gymnastics and have always loved it. I loved the running, the jumping, and the challenge of pushing my body to learn something new. Still today I enjoy getting into the gym and working on new skills every day. Besides the physical skills, gymnastics has taught me so many things that I can carry on throughout my entire life such as: leadership, determination, teamwork, and discipline. During my time in the gym I have created so many great friendships and memories that will last me a lifetime. The gym has become a second home for me and I love the environment that is created by all of the amazing people. Now, even my youngest sister has decided to join me on Team MEGA.
My family is a great source of support for me. I have 1 older brother and three younger sisters. I was home schooled up to 7th grade and that allowed me to grow in my independent thinking and grow close to all my family members. My parents decided to put me in to public school when I was in 7th grade, and I was able to test into the gifted program. The work was challenging and fun but I was able to maintain an “A” average throughout my 7th and 8th grade years. Upon further testing, my grades, and teachers’ recommendations, I was able to enter into the Bartlett High School, Science, Math, and High Technology Academy in the fall of 2018.
In my free time I love to solve puzzles. I can solve a regular Rubix cube, and 2 X 2 Rubix Cube and currently I am working on learning to solve a 4 X 4 and a 5 X 5 Rubix cube. I also love to solve 1000+ piece puzzles. I have been known to read 300+ page books in 1 night and I also love to draw and decorate cakes. A career test said I would make a good surgeon or architect and thus I plan on studying to become an architect when I enter college.
My ultimate goal with gymnastics is to become a Division 1 NCAA gymnast. Due to all of the support I get from my family and friends I believe I will be able to achieve my goal. I have the determination to make it and I am willing to put in the work to see it through. Also with the help of my awesome coaches who are very invested in me I believe I can become an amazing college gymnast. I hope to talk to you soon!