Q: Do you have a nickname?
Q: What is your favorite event?
Q: What is your favorite skill?
A: Full turn
Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
A: Rock Anthem by Black Violin
Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A: My favorite gymnast is Simone Biles.
Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
A: Do not let anybody or anything hold you back because if you think you can do it, you probably can.
Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A: Winning the 2016 J.O. Nationals
Q: What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
A: I’m a junior at Plano Senior High School.
Q: What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
A: Speech Pathology
Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
A: I enjoy watching Netflix.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Time Travelers Wife
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: The Hunger Games trilogy
Q: What is your favorite music group?
A: Kanye West
Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
A: My cousin is Kiana Winston, and she is currently a gymnast at the University of Alabama.
Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
A: I drink Smartwater during every meet.
Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
A: Focused, composed, layered
1. Name, Age, Hometown
Shaylah Scott, 14, Plano, Texas
2. Do you have a nickname?
Some people call me Shay.
3. When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
I started gymnastics when I was about 2 years-old in “Mommy & Me” type classes. And eventually, the developmental coach asked me to join the team.
4. When did you decide you wanted to compete? And, when did you want to compete on the elite level? What about competition appeals to you?
I decided to compete when I saw my cousin training to compete all the time. I love that competition always challenges you and makes you strive to do your best. I love working with a team.
5. What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
I train about 25 hours a week after school. I go straight from school to gym. There were a lot more hours and a lot more skills I had to learn after switching. I had to commit myself more.
6. What is your favorite event?
Is there a reason for that?
I like how much energy I have to put into it and every turn you take.
7. What is your favorite skill?
My favorite skill is the back handspring because you use it in almost every event and you just need it to do well.
8. What music do you use for your floor routine?
I like more flowing music. I don’t really care for fast music. It allows me to focus and calm down more.
9. Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
My favorite gymnast is either my cousin, Kiana Winston, or one of my best friends, Trace Kap
How have you looked up to them?
They’ve both just been a real inspiration to me and helped me whenever I needed them.
10. How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
Skill wise, I’ve been able to accomplish most of my goals in Level 10. Mentally, I’ve learned to be more resilient when things don’t go my way. I’ve learned to bounce back.
11. How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
It’s helped me to be more respectful because coaches always expect that. It’s also taught me to be more focused and responsible for my actions.
12. If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
Responsibility; because you have to take responsibility for what you do in the gym and at the meets because nobody is there to take it for you.
13. What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
My biggest accomplishments are placing first in vault in Level 9 Western Championships in 2013 and qualifying for Nastia Liukin Cup this year.
14. What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
9th grade, and I go to Spring Creek Academy.
15. Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
Yes, that is my ultimate goal.
16. What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
English and Spanish.
Is there a reason for that?
I like learning new languages.
17. If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
I’m leaning more towards studying exercise and physiology, but, I’m not really sure.
18. What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
As an athlete, my goal is to compete successfully as a college gymnast. After that, my goals are to maintain my health and look forward to what life has in store.
19. When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
I do a lot of online shopping. When I’m not in the gym, I watch a lot of gymnastics videos or hang with my teammates. No hobbies in particular.
20. What is your favorite food?
All types of fruit. I love fruit.
If you had to pick one fruit?
21. What is your favorite movie?
22. What is your favorite book?
23. What is your favorite music group or singer?
My favorite singer is Katy Perry.
24. Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
My mom was a track runner, my sister is a dancer, and my brother plays basketball.
25. Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
I always put chalk on my feet at my house before I go to a meet.
26. What’s on your IPod right now? What type of music do enjoy listening to? How about before a meet when you’re trying to get focused and pumped up?
Before a meet, I listen to music to get you pumped up. A lot of pop music like Bruno Mars and people like him.
27. If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
Resilient, confident, and responsible.
28. What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
Excitable, happy, and clean.