|| Aisling Polley |
|| February 2000|
|| China |
|| Minnetonka, Minnesota |
||John Polley and Karmen Nelson|
|| Hopkins High School|
||12th (2017-2018), Class of 2018|
Aisling Polley was born in China in February 2000. Aisling was adopted by John Polley and Karmen Nelson, and she has an older sister, Kailen. Aisling is an honor student in a tough, advanced-placement curriculum and hopes to challenge herself academically and athletically. In her spare time, Aisling enjoys playing the violin, reading, and listening to music.
AIsling's sister, Kailen was in gymnastics, so Aisling tagged along when she was three years old, and started herself at age 4. She started competing for Minnetonka-Hopkins "Mini-Hops" Gymnastics, where she trained under coach Courtenay Dickerson. She earned a bronze medal on uneven bars at the 2012 Level 8 Regionals. In the fall of 2012, she moved to Legacy Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, MN. Aisling continued competing level 8 in 2013. At the Region 4 Championships, she won the all-around title with a 37.550, and finished first on uneven bars, and fourth on floor exercise.
Aisling missed 2014 season due to an injury, but returned strong in 2015 as a level 9 gymnast. At the State Championships, Aisling made the all-age-group “All Minnesota Team,” finished third in the all-around with a 37.375, second on balance beam, and third on both the vault and floor exercise. At the Region 4 Championships, she placed fourth in the all-around, and second both the vault and floor exercise. This qualified Aisling to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Spokane, WA, where she placed 12th in the all-around with a 37.050, and fourth on floor exercise.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2016, Aisling finished fifth on vault at the State Championships. At the Region 4 Championships, she placed fourth in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars and balance beam. Aisling qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX where she placed in the top ten on balance beam.
Currently, Aisling is preparing for the 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast where she hopes to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals. She trains 21 hours per week at Legacy Gymnastics in Eden Prairie, MN under coaches Kari & Will Vaughn, Heidi Mastro and Travis Cherrier. Aisling's long-term goal is to obtain a college scholarship to a Division 1 school.