||Isabella Haba McNamara|
|| May 4, 2002|
|| Maureen McNamara & John Haba
|| Energy Institute High School
||10th (2017-2018), Class of 2020
Isabella Haba McNamara was born on May 4, 2002 in Texas to Maureen McNamara and John Haba. Bella is an honor student at Energy Institute High School (STEM Engineering Magnet) and she will graduate from high school in 2020. When she has time outside of gymnastics, she enjoys bike riding, art, music, swimming, hiking and paddle boarding. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Neptune and Apollo and a cat named LuLu.
In August 2010, Bella went to parent's night out at Discover Gymnastics in Houston, TX with a friend and she was in love. The next day, Bella begged her mom to sign her up for classes. Very soon thereafter, a team coach, Haifa Abdullah, started tracking Bella and pulled her aside. Bella joined the team at the age of eight and progressed in the sport quickly. Her early and quick progress was largely due to Coach Haifa and Coach Daniel Waterson's very positive yet strict coaching style, and to Bella being very coachable.
At the 2011 Level 4 Texas South State Championships, placed first in the all-around with a 37.300. She tested out of level 5 and moved up to level 6 in 2012 where she placed sixth on floor exercise at the Texas South State Championships. In 2013 as a level 7 gymnast, Bella placed sixth on floor exercise and seventh on balance beam at the State Championships.
Bella moved up to level 8 for the 2014 season. She finished fifth in the all-around with a 38.500, third on uneven bars and fourth on floor exercise at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 3 Championships where she scored a 37.050 in the all-around. As a level 9 gymnast in 2015, Bella placed seventh in the all-around and third on balance beam at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she finished seventh in the all-around, fifth on balance beam and sixth on floor exercise. She qualified to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Spokane, WA.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2016, Bella placed sixth on balance beam with a 9.350 at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 3 Championships. In 2017, Bella placed eighth in the all-around, fourth on floor exercise scoring a 9.475 and fifth on balance beam with a 9.425 at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, Bella finished fourth on uneven bars with a 9.225.
Bella trains 26 hours per week at Discover Gymnastics in Houston, TX under coaches Costela Mihaiuc and Juan Corzo. She is working hard to continue adding bonus skills, qualify to the Junior Olympic Nationals and to compete for a Division I college gymnastics team.