Brianna Rai'quel Winfrey was born on September 9, 1998 in Beaumont, TX to Rodney and Brandi Winfrey. Currently, Brianna is a junior at Texas Connections Academy and she will graduate from high school in 2016.
Brianna began gymnastics at the age of three at Lobo Gymnastics under coaches Katie and Laura. Brianna's mom, Brandi, decided to enroll Brianna into gymnastics because she wanted Brianna to have something to do. Brianna first started with a few recreational classes and she has loved it ever since. After a few months, Brianna was moved to the development team and the rest is history.
Brianna began her competitive gymnastics career at Mihaiuc Gymnastics Academy. Brianna competed as a level 7 gymnast in 2006 and 2007. Brianna won the balance beam title at the 2006 New Years Invitational. Brianna then finished third in the all-around as well as second on balance beam and third on floor exercise at the District Qualifier.
In 2008, Brianna began her season at the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Costa Mesa, California. She won the all-around title as well as bronze medals on vault and floor exercise. A week later, Brianna won five medals at the Space City Invitational. In February, Brianna won the all-around title as well as first on vault and floor exercise at the State Qualifier. She then won a gold medal on vault at the Zenith Invitational. Brianna then placed 15th in the all-around at the Level 8 State Championships. There, she qualified to the Level 8 Regionals, where she placed 10th in the all-around.
Brianna moved up to Level 9 and hopes pre-elite in 2009. Bri started her 2009 season at the Stars Regionals Qualifier, where she placed third in the all-around. She then competed at the Metroplex Challenge and placed sixth in the all-around and fourth on uneven bars. She then competed at the Texas Prime Meet and finished second in the all-around as well as first on uneven bars and floor exercise. In March, Brianna traveled to Tampa Bay, Florida to compete in the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. There, she won the all-around title and earned three medals on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. At the Level 9 State Championships, she placed fourth in the all-around, third on uneven bars and fourth on floor exercise in a very tough field of competitors. There, she qualified to the Level 9 Regionals, where she finished eighth in the all-around and tied for second place on vault. In June, Brianna successfully qualified to Hopes at the Region 3 Elite Qualifier. Brianna concluded her 2009 season at the US Challenge in Des, Moines, Iowa.
In 2010, Brianna started her season as a level 10 gymnast at the Winter Cup Invitational, where she finished second on floor exercise. She traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada for the Lady Luck invitational, where she placed fifth in the all-around and third on uneven bars. At the Metroplex Challenge, she placed fourth on balance beam. Brianna finished second in the all-around, second on balance beam and third on vault and uneven bars at the TWU State Qualifier. At the Svetlana Invitational, she won the all-around title as well as first on vault and floor exercise. Brianna then won the balance beam title at the Houston National Invitational. Brianna was unable to compete rest of the season due to an injury.
Brianna started her 2011 season at the Metroplex Challenge where she placed third in the all-around and first on vault. At the WOGA Classic, she finished sixth in the all-around and second on vault and uneven bars. Brianna won the bronze medal in the all-around at both Svetlana Invitational and Alamo Classic. At the Level 10 State Championships, she placed fourth on uneven bars and in the all-around. Brianna won the vault title and placed seventh in the all-around at the Level 10 Regionals. There, she qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Long Beach, California where she placed tenth on vault out of 57 gymnasts. Brianna missed 2012-2014 seasons due to a knee injury. Brianna is now healthy and is working hard for the 2015 season where she hopes to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, IA.