Shelby Township’s Angelina Donato, 11, won a state gymnastics championship in her age division in an Xcel competition April 21 at Saginaw Valley State University.
Donato, who usually completes at Level 6, received first-place gold medals for beam, vault and all-around. She also won the bronze medal for the floor event.
Donato started training at Olympia Gymnastics Academy at approximately 2 years old and began to compete at around the age of 5.
Her mother, Stacy Donato, offered some thoughts as to some of the reasons for her daughter’s success and the role gymnastics plays in her life.
“She’s doing what she loves,” Stacy said. “She flips all over the house. She’s been doing that since she was able to walk — flipping around and climbing. She likes the physical part of the sport.”
Angelina, who trains four days a week during the school year and five days a week during the summer, will be entering sixth grade this fall. Despite putting in approximately 16 hours of training during the school year, she still manages to get grades of A’s and B’s at school, according to her mother.
And though she’s still very young, she already has some goals mapped out.
“I hope to be in the Olympics one day,” she said. “I have a lot of fun. I like that I get to flip around and be active all day.”