Mia-Meshell Jenkins has been wowing the hearts of people and beating the odds since birth. On April 4, 2002 Mia was born prematurely with underdeveloped lungs at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. Not too long after her birth she was diagnosed with chronic asthma. No matter what doctors diagnosed, Mia was determined that she would never be treated differently and would accomplish her life’s dreams. Mia- Meshell’s gymnastics career started at the age of seven where she spent time tumbling and teaching herself how to flip on the trampoline. A year later at the age of eight, Mia competed in her first gymnastics meet at Unique Sports Academy in Waldorf, Maryland. As a compulsory gymnast, Mia has many victories under her leotard such as 2nd on Uneven Bars at the Maryland State Championship 2012, 1st on Vault at the 16 Annual Star Struck Invitational, and 1st Place All-Around at the Hug and Kiss Meet in Hershey, PA.
In 2013 Mia-Meshell had the opportunity to spend time at the renowned Karolyi camp. That is where she decided that she wanted to switch gyms and train at Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Burke, VA. Determined to train with the best in her area, Mia did not care that Capital was an hour away from home.
Now competing as an optional gymnast at Apollo , Mia continues to defy the diagnosis of doctors, thrive, and soar high. Her accomplishments as an Optional gymnast are as follows: Level 6
1st Place AA | 2014 VA Beach Classic
1st Place AA | 2014 Rolling Thunder Las Vegas
2014 Top 100 for the highest Level 6 Vault | Score 9.825
3rd Place AA | Richmond Fall Classic
2nd Place Vault | 2014 Gymstrada Invitational
1st Place Vault | WOGA Classic
Qualified and competed in the 2015 Region 7 Level 8 Regional Championships
1st Place Vault and Beam | 2nd Place AA | 2016 VA Level 8-9- 10 State Championships
1st Place Vault | 2nd Place Beam & Floor | 1st Place AA | 2016 Excalibur Cup
1st Place Vault and Beam | 2nd Place AA | Sand Dollar Whitlow Invitational
2016 Top 100 for Highest Level 9 Beam | Score 9.600
Qualified and competed in the 2016 Region 7 Level 9 and 10 Regional Championships
Mia-Meshell’s scores and determination speak for themselves. In 2014 during the Hills Classic she placed first on vault with a score of 9.650 and tied for first on bars with a score of 9.0 and fourth place all-around. At the 2014 VA Beach Classic, Mia earned first place for vault with a score of 9.5, first place on bars with a score of 9.125 and first place all-around with a combined score of 37.500. Not to be outdone, Mia traveled to Las Vegas, NV for the Rolling Thunder and earned first place on vault with a score of 9.825 and first place all-around. She placed second place on vault and fourth place all-around. It was also during the same season that Mia competed both Level 7 and Level 8. Mia competed her first level 8 meet in Texas at the 2015 WOGA Classic. During that meet she placed first on vault with a score of 9.5. Weeks later she repeated her vault success at the Shamrock Invitational placing first on vault with a score of 9.650. At the VA level 8-10 State Championships Mia placed second on vault with a 9.550 and was invited and competed at the 2015 Region 8 Championships. Mia-Meshell not only has the heart of a champion; she is a champion. Her work ethic and tenacious spirit has caused her to defy and soar above medical odds. Along with being a champion, she is a daughter, the youngest of her two siblings BriAna and GiAnni, and the proud sibling of two puppies affectionately name Thailand and Tokyo. She is a ninth grader and will be a level 10 gymnast this season. We look forward to her having another amazing season.