|Name Bailey Upton |
|Birthday August 26, 2005|
|Hometown Lincolnton, North Carolina ||Parents Kimmy and Heather Upton |
|Siblings One sister, Addison |
|School North Lincoln Middle School |
|Grad Year Class of 2024|
|Awards "A" Honor Roll, Presidential Award |
Bailey Upton was born on August 26, 2005 in North Carolina to Kimmy and Heather Upton. She has a younger sister, Addison who is also a gymnast at Lake Norman Gymnastics Academy. Currently, Bailey is an honor student at North Lincoln Middle School and she will graduate from high school in 2024. When she has time outside of gymnastics, she enjoys scrapbooking and reading.
Bailey started gymnastics at the age of one. She was a very energetic child that loved to flip. Bailey’s mom was gymnast as a child and she thought it would be a good outlet to help get rid of all of her extra energy. She started taking recreational classes at Foothills Gymnastics in Hickory, NC and fell in love with the sport. Following her level 3 season, she moved to Lake Norman Gymnastics Academy in Denver, NC.
Bailey started competing level 7 for the 2015 season where she qualified to the State Championships. She repeated level 7 in 2016 and placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.200 and third on balance beam at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 8 Championships where she finished ninth in the all-around with a 37.175 and fourth on balance beam. As a level 8 gymnast in 2017, Bailey placed seventh in the all-around and third on floor exercise at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 8 Championships, finishing third in the all-around and first on balance beam and floor exercise.
Bailey had a fantastic season in 2018 as a second-year level 8 gymnast where she won the all-around title in six out of seven competitions she competed in! At the State Championships, she placed fourth in the all-around with a 38.050 and first on balance beam. She qualified to the Region 8 Championships, finishing first in the all-around with a 38.225, first on balance beam and floor exercise and third on vault and uneven bars. She was named to America's Top 100 on floor exercise with a 9.800.
Bailey trains about 19 hours per week at Lake Norman Gymnastics Academy in Denver, NC under coaches Danielle Taffi, Carey Santiago and Greg Lemelin. Bailey's long-term goal is to obtain a Division I college gymnastics scholarship.