Courtney Allison Cowles was born on August 27, 1998 in Harford, CT to Rick and Michelle Cowles. She has an older sister, Kaitlin and three dogs, Munchkin, Fiona and Kili. Her sister, Kaitlin is a gymnast on the George Washington University gymnastics team.
Currently, Courtney is a senior at Lake Minneola High School and she will graduate from high school in 2016. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and has earned many academic awards, such as Distinguished Honors in 2011, Student of the Month in November of 2011 and High Honors in 2012-2013. Courtney enjoys film making, design and art.
As a toddler, Courtney was full of energy, very active and fearless. She has always loved to bounce, climb and be upside down. She started taking gymnastics classes when she was in preschool and followed her older sister into competitive gymnastics. Kaitlin and Courtney trained at New England Gymnastics Express in Connecticut for most of their career.
Prior to optionals, Courtney was 2005 Level 5 State All-Around Champion and 2006 Level 6 State All-Around Champion. She qualified to TOPs National Program three years in row between 2007-2009. As a level 7 gymnast in 2007, she grabbed the gold medal in the all-around at the State Championships.
During the 2009 season, Courtney competed level 8 and HOPES. She placed fourth in the all-around at the Excalibur Cup. At the American Flyer's Cup Invitational, she placed third in the all-around and first on uneven bars and balance beam. Courtney won the all-around title at the State Championships. During that season, she also qualified to HOPES and competed at the US Challenge in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 2010, Courtney qualified to HOPES after finishing second in the all-around at the Sand Dollar Elite Qualifier and first in the all-around at the Buckeye Elite Qualifier. As a level 9 gymnast during that season, she placed first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the State Championships. At the Level 9 Regionals, she placed eighth in the all-around, fifth on balance beam and fourth on floor exercise. In the summer, she competed at the US Challenge in Chicago, Illinois and brought home a silver medal on uneven bars.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2011, Courtney placed in the top five at the Parkettes Invitational and Daytona Beach Open. At the Level 10 State Championships, she swept the gold medals including the all-around. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals after finishing third in the all-around at the Level 10 Regionals.
In 2012, Courtney started the season at the Kick-Off Classic, finishing second in the all-around and first on floor exercise. She grabbed gold medals on balance beam and in the all-around at the Parkettes Invitational. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals for the second time after winning the all-around title at the Level 10 Regionals. She also earned gold medals on uneven bars and balance beam.
Courtney was unable to compete AA most of the season due to an injury. She placed third on uneven bars at the Christmas on the Chesapeake. At the Daytona Beach Open, she finished third on balance beam. Courtney placed third on vault and uneven bars at the Excalibur Cup. At the State Championships, she won the uneven bars title, her only event. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals after finishing sixth in the all-around, fourth on uneven bars and fifth on balance beam at the Level 10 Regionals. In 2013, Courtney was unable to compete AA most of the season due to injuries. In March 2014, Courtney started training at Brandy Johnson's Gymnastics Academy in Clermont, FL.
In 2015, Courtney finished sixth in the all-around and first on balance beam at the Atlanta Crown Invitational. She finished fifth in the all-around and first on balance beam at the Texas Prime Meet and Buckeye Classic. She won the vault title at the Parkettes Invitational. Courtney grabbed gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, Courtney finished fifth in the all-around, fifth on uneven bars and sixth on vault and floor exercise. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, IA where she placed 18th in the all-around out of 56 gymnasts.
Currently, Courtney is preparing for the 2016 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 24 hours per week at Brandy Johnson's Gymnastics Academy in Clermont, FL under coaches Kelly Pitzen and Brandy Johnson-Scharpf. Courtney looks forward to joining the University of Arizona gymnastics team in the fall of 2016.