Reagan Kelley, a senior from Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, has been named the Star Tribune's 2022-23 Metro Gymnast of the Year. Kelley repeated as Class 1A all-around champion while dealing with a new stressor - alone time.
Kelley was ecstatic to receive this honor and thanked her team for their support throughout her high school gymnastics career. She said, "I'm so grateful for my team and coaches who have pushed me to be my best every day."
Despite facing challenges like injuries and COVID-19 protocols during her high school gymnastics journey, Kelley remained focused on achieving her goals. This dedication paid off as she won multiple individual titles in addition to being an all-around champion.
However, this year brought a new challenge for Kelley - alone time. Due to COVID-19 protocols, athletes were required to compete without spectators or teammates cheering them on. While it was difficult at first, Kelley found ways to overcome this obstacle.
"I missed having my teammates and family there cheering me on but I learned how to stay focused without any distractions," said Kelley.
Kelley plans on continuing her gymnastics journey at Gustavus Adolphus College next fall where she will study biology. She hopes to continue representing Minnesota in college gymnastics competitions.
Congratulations Reagan Kelley on being named the Star Tribune's 2022-23 Metro Gymnast of the Year!