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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 4 years ago

Gymnast Kinsley Hahn soaring above older competition

by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

When Tiffany Hahn enrolled her daughter, Kinsley Hahn, into gymnastics at 2 years old, it was initially chosen as something fun for her to be involved in. Almost instantly, she noticed improvement in Kinsley Hahn’s sleeping habits and social skills. Within a year, her mother noticed a drive in her that she had not seen before.

Kinsley Hahn no longer went to the gym just to have fun; she strived to do her best and was always excited about learning new skills. Hahn dedicated herself to the sport.

At age 4, Tiffany Hahn accepted an invitation for Kinsley to join the competitive gymnastics team, Sky High of Ormond Beach, becoming the team’s youngest competitor at the gym, as well as one of the youngest in the state to compete in a United States Gymnastics sanctioned event.

At the time, Tiffany Hahn hoped Kinsley Hahn could simply get in front of the crowd and compete without shying away, not even focusing on scores. She considered breaking through Kinsley’s shy character would be a success in itself.

After a while, Hahn’s goal was to reach a 9.00 in any event. This season, she exceeded it by scoring a 9.00 or higher seven times this season, which is a huge accomplishment for a 5 year old. One of Kinsley’s greatest accomplishments thus far has been placing seventh in the Florida Level 1 & 2 State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Ft. Myers.

Since Hahn joined Sky High, Tiffany Hahn has appreciated the older girls on the team, who have become examples to Hahn, who looks up at them.

“As a parent there is nothing sweeter than looking over during an awards ceremony at a competition and seeing your daughter propped up on the lap of one of her older teammates, with their arms wrapped around her giggling, waiting to cheer her on, when they hear her name called,” Tiffany Hahn said. “It’s a sweet vision, and I am truly grateful for the relationships that she’s developed and the wonderful friendships that she’s made. It truly makes my heart smile.”

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