Bluffton 12-year-old Addie Davids wins national gymnastics crown

Bluffton gymnast Addie Davids, 12.
Bluffton gymnast Addie Davids, 12. Submitted photo

Bluffton resident Addie Davids captured first place in all-around competition at a national gymnastics meet last weekend in Orlando, Fla.

Competing in the Amateur Athletic Union Age Group National Championships on June 14, Davids topped the field in the Junior B division.

Davids, who practices five times a week and coaches younger students as well, finished first on the vault and in the floor routine. Her all-around score of 37.575 in four events, including vault, floor, beam and uneven bars.

Davids' mother, Gina Horry, said she attends each of her daughter's meets. The AAU nationals was the last meet of the season for Davids, and Horry was particularly excited for how things turned out.

"You can't be more proud for your daughter to make it that far," Horry said. "You couldn't get the grins off of our face all weekend."

Horry said her daughter is extremely dedicated to gymnastics, and has worked very hard to be rewarded with a championship.

"It felt good," Davids said of the win.

She was able to capture first place even with an unusually difficult performance on the uneven bars, an event she says is her favorite.

"I usually do really well on bars, but I kind of messed up this time," Davids said. "I don't let it bother me."

Instead, she was able to refocus and capture her first all-around title.

Other members of the Hilton Head Island Gymnastics team fared well at the meet. Avery Walter took first place on the uneven bars and second on beam. Mackenzie Lee tied for second on the uneven bars and in the floor routine. Sasha Couch came in third on the vault.