SHE’S THE BEST IN STATE: Red Level’s Douglas wins top gymnastic honors

Published 12:05 am Thursday, March 28, 2019

Red Level High School’s Caylee Douglas recently earned top honors at the Alabama State Championship Gymnastics Meet.

Douglas dominated the competition as she came away with state championships in the four events she competed.

She was also the All-Around State Champion.

During the meet, she competed in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete for a state championship and win after having to overcome injuries last year,” Douglas said. “I’m humbled and give thanks to God for having these opportunities. It is an awesome experience to be the Level 8 State Champion in all four events, including the Individual All-Around and helping my team win state. I’m really excited to be able to lead the Level 8 Alabama Team at Regionals in April.”

Douglas drives to Montgomery four days a week to train for USA Gymnastics at Armory Athletics

“Caylee is a hard worker and very dedicated to reaching her goals,” Armory Athletics director Missy Anderson said. “She would like the opportunity to do college gymnastics. We are very proud of her and the support she has received from her family and friends. I’ve been in this sport for 30 years, and children with her talent are few and far between.” She also earned first place on the Alabama Regional Team.

Qualification for this spot required the highest All-Around score in all ages combined.

She will now compete in the regional team session in April in Chattanooga, Tenn.

“In the regional team session, teams from all states in the Southeast region will be represented,” Anderson said. “The top gymnasts to be exact. This is a huge accomplishment.”

She is coached by Kara Bruce and Ladarius Bradley.

“All of my gymnastic coaches have emphasized how important it is to pay attention to detail and getting in the proper number of reps,” Douglas said of what motivates her to practice more than 14 hours each week. “This requires many hours in the gym and unfortunately for me, a lot of hours are spent on the road driving to and from practice.”

Douglas is a ninth grader at Red Level High School and she is the daughter of Johnny and Deloris Douglas.

“I started a tumbling class with The Company Dance Center in Andalusia when I was 6 years old,” Douglas said. “There my tumbling coach, Kimberly Morgan, commented that she thought I would do well in gymnastics. My parents then took me to Enterprise Gymnastics to start my gymnastics journey. Having reached the highest level EGC had to offer, I continued my journey with Armory Athletics in Montgomery. Throughout my gymnastics career, all of my coaches have inspired me to excel to be the best I can be. The thing I enjoy most about gymnastics is getting to meet and compete against gymnasts from all over the country.”