AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - This week's high five for kids features an energetic and accomplished ten-year-old.
She's fit, focused, and funny. "She's a hard worker and she loves the sport. She loves gymnastics. She loves competing," says Cassie Hayden, Coach and Co-Owner of C and C Gymnastics. "She's a great team player. The kids love her. She is always someone who will make you laugh."
Journey Allen is like most fourth graders. "I like to just read books at home. And jump on my trampoline."
But when it comes to gymnastics, she says she's fallen in love with the sport. "I like doing cartwheels and like side-hand stands, cause like I'm upside down. And I get to hold it and everything and I like mounting on cause when I watch the girls doing college gymnastics they do cool moves. I didn't know it would be like this. Fun. Like going to meets with my team and winning medals."
With lots of hard, tough practice, she started getting very competitive. "She placed first on the beam in Georgia for her age group," says Shannan Allen, Journey's mother.
And from the moment she entered the doors of C and C Gymnastics, Coach Cassie Hayden knew she had a superstar on her team. "Journey was very flexible. She was a hard worker and that was kind of the things we noticed was her flexibility in the very beginning."
And with support from family, she's going to keep moving upward in the world of gymnastics. "To see all her hard work and dedication pay off, it's an unbelievable feeling," says her mother.
So, what's next for the 10-year-old? "I want to go to the Olympics and win a medal."
And her mom is on board for the long haul.