Ciara Ward was born on July 6, 2001 in Maryland. She has a younger sister, Ellee who is also a gymnast. Currently, Ciara is an honor student at Saint Mary’s Ryken High School and she will graduate in 2019. She has over 40 hours of community service. Ciara loves to dance and enjoys learning different genres of dance. When she has time, she enjoys taking dance classes.
Ciara started with a dance class at the age two and quickly was asked to join other classes including a tumbling class. During the first year, she caught on quickly, outgrowing both of the tumbling classes they offered. During the third year of dance, Ciara told her mom that she wanted to do more tumbling. When she turned five years old, she started at Chesapeake Gymnastics and joined the pre-team program.
As a level 6 gymnast in 2012, Ciara finished second in the all-around and first on floor exercise at the State Championships. She competed level 7 in 2013 and level 8 in 2014. Following her level 8 season in 2014, she moved to Unique Sports Academy in Waldorf, MD. At the 2015 Level 8 State Championships, she won the all-around title with a 37.175 and placed first on floor exercise and second on uneven bars and balance beam. She qualified to the Region 7 Championships, finishing second in the all-around with a 37.500, first on floor exercise and second on uneven bars.
Ciara moved up to level 9 for the 2016 season. She placed fourth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam at the Region 7 Championships. She qualified to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals where she finished 14th overall, fourth on floor exercise and sixth on uneven bars. Ciara competed as a level 10 gymnast in 2017 but was unable to compete most of the season due to an injury.
In the summer of 2017, she moved to Apollo Gymnastics located in Woodbridge, VA. Ciara placed sixth in the all-around, first on vault with a 9.450 and seventh on floor exercise at the 2018 State Championships. At the 2018 Region 7 Championships, she finished sixth on floor exercise and seventh on vault. Ciara received the "Hardest Worker" award at her team banquet.
Ciara trains 25 hours per week at Apollo Gymnastics in Woodbridge, VA under coaches Ken Anderson, Teri Diamond and Deborah Mairs. She is working hard to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals in 2019. Ciara would like to compete for a Division I college gymnastics team.