Courtney Payge Mitchell was born on March 10, 1999 in Dallas, Texas to Jeff and Sherryne Mitchell. She has a younger brother, Joshua and two younger sisters, Braylen and Rebecca. All of Courtney's siblings are involved in gymnastics. Courtney is a senior at Olathe North High School where she is in Premed/SportsMed program. During Courtney's spare time, she enjoys shopping, hanging out with her friends, watching TV, baking and photography.
Courtney started gymnastics at the age of three at Kansas Gymnastics & Cheer in Olathe, Kansas under coaches James Sampel and Anne Duncan Heffernon.
She competed as a level 7 gymnast in 2009. She finished ninth in the all-around with a 36.875 and fourth on balance beam at the State Championships. She was selected to be part of Team Kansas at the National Judges Cup where she finished fourth on balance beam and ninth in the all-around out of 34 gymnasts.
In the summer of 2010, Courtney's family relocated in Georgia due to her dad's job. She started training at Gym South Gymnastics in Fayetteville, GA. She competed level 8 for the 2011 season. At the State Championships, she finished sixth on balance beam and on floor exercise. Courtney continued competing level 8 for the 2012 season. She earned gold medals on balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished second on balance beam and fifth on floor exercise.
As a first-year level 9 gymnast in 2013, Courtney finished fourth on floor exercise at the State Championships. Following the 2013 season, Courtney's family moved back to Kansas where she returned to Kansas Gymnastics & Cheer. In 2014, Courtney finished first on uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Level 9 State Championships. She won the all-around title with a 37.800 at the Region 3 Championships. She also placed first on balance beam and second on floor exercise and qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Boise, ID. At the Westerns, Courtney finished 21st overall, sixth on floor exercise and ninth on vault.
Courtney moved up to level 10 for the 2015 season. She did really well at the State Championships where she placed second in the all-around with a 37.550 and first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She concluded her season at the Region 3 Championships, finishing in the top 15 in the all-around. In 2016, Courtney finished first on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she placed fifth in the all-around and third on balance beam. Courtney qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX where she placed fourth on balance beam with a 9.600 out of 58 gymnasts.
Currently, Courtney is preparing for the 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast where she hopes to qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals. She trains 23 hours per week at Kansas Gymnastics & Cheer (KGDC) in Olathe, KS under coaches Annie Campbell and James Sampel. She would like to obtain a college scholarship to a Division 1 school.