Kailey Rebecca Gillings was born on May 28, 1999 in Houston, Texas to David and Megan Gillings. She has an older brother, Reid who plays baseball. Currently, Kailey is a senior at Texas Connections Academy, a homeschooled program. She will graduate in the spring of 2017.

At the age of three, Kailey was in daycare and took a one-hour gymnastics class once a week. She loved doing gymnastics so her parents enrolled her in tumbling, not too far from their home. When Kailey turned 6, she wanted to do more than just tumble, her parents took her to Stars Gymnastics in Houston where she began her gymnastics career on the developmental team. Kailey trained at Endeavor Elite Gymnastics (Formerly MGA Gymnastics) between 2007-2013.

Kailey competed as a level 5 gymnast in the fall of 2007 and level 6 in 2008. At the 2008 Level 6 District Championships, she finished second on balance beam. She placed fourth on balance beam at the South State Championships and third on vault at the State Championships. Kailey immediately started competing as a level 7 gymnast in 2009. She finished ninth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam at the Texas Prime Meet. At the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational, she placed sixth on vault and third on balance beam. Kailey concluded her 2009 season at the Level 7 State Championships, finishing 16th in the all-around.

In 2010, Kailey started her level 8 season at the Winter Cup Challenge where she finished fourth in the all-around and second on balance beam and floor exercise. At the Lady Luck Invitational in Las Vegas, NV, she placed fifth in the all-around and fourth on vault. She finished fourth on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Metroplex Challenge. At the Svetlana Boguinskaia Invitational, she earned gold medals on vault, balance beam and in the all-around. Kailey finished third in the all-around as well as first on uneven bars and floor exercise at the Houston National Invitational. At the Level 8 State Championships, she placed ninth on balance beam with a 9.750.

Kailey continued competing as a level 8 gymnast in 2011. She started her season at the Metroplex Challenge, finishing fourth in the all-around as well as first on vault and uneven bars. At the WOGA Classic, she finished third in the all-around and second on floor exercise. She won gold medals on vault, balance beam and in the all-around at the Svetlana Boguinskaia Invitational. Kailey won another all-around title at the Purple and Gold Meet. At the Alamo Classic, she finished first on balance beam and second on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. She placed 10th in the all-around with a 38.075, fifth on balance beam scoring a 9.775 and eighth on floor exercise with a 9.675 at the Level 8 State Championships. A few weeks later, she competed at the Level 8 Regionals, finishing 16th on vault.

As a level 9 gymnast in 2012, Kailey earned gold medals on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Alamo Classic. At the Space City Classic, she finished first on uneven bars, balance beam and in the all-around. She won another all-around title at the Svetlana Boguinskaia Invitational. At the Metroplex Challenge, Kailey placed third in the all-around and first on balance beam. She then won the all-around title at the Houston National Invitational and Rose City Classic. At the Level 9 State Championships, she finished fourth in the all-around as well as first on vault and balance beam. She had another great meet at the Level 9 Regionals, finishing fifth in the all-around, second on vault and first on balance beam. This qualified Kailey to the Level 9 Western Nationals in Boise, Idaho where she finished impressive fourth in the all-around out of 48 gymnasts. She also finished fifth on vault, sixth on uneven bars and fourth on balance beam.

Kailey moved up to level 10 for the 2013 season. She placed third in the all-around, second on balance beam and first on floor exercise at the Alamo Classic. At the WOGA Classic she placed scone in the all-around with a 37.350. She finished seventh on vault and sixth on balance beam at the State Championships. She had a great meet at the Region 3 Championships, finishing fifth in the all-around with a 37.775 as well as fifth on vault, fourth on uneven bars and sixth on balance beam. She concluded her season at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Minneapolis, MN with a 12th place finish on balance beam. In the summer of 2013, Kailey started training at Stars Gymnastics in Houston, Texas.

In 2014, Kailey started her season at the Ricky Deci Invitational, finishing first on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. At the Texas Prime Meet, she placed sixth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam. She finished seventh in the all-around and fifth on balance beam at the Pikes Peak Cup. At the Metroplex Challenge, Kailey placed fourth in the all-around and second on uneven bars. She then placed fifth in the all-around, third on balance beam and second on floor exercise at the California Classic. Kailey did really well at the State Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around with a 37.575 and first on floor exercise. At the Region 3 Championships, Kailey placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.750, first on balance beam and third on uneven bars. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Jackson, MS, finishing 11th in the all-around with a 37.675, sixth on uneven bars and ninth on balance beam. At the end of May, Kailey passed optionals, a portion of elite testing. She concluded her 2014 season at the American Classic in Huntsville, TX and US Classic in Chicago, IL.

Kailey started her 2015 season at the WOGA Classic, finishing third in the all-around and second on uneven bars. She placed fourth in the all-around at the Rose City Classic. At the State Championships, Kailey finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.975 and second on balance beam and floor exercise. She placed fifth in the all-around with a 37.625 and fourth on balance beam at the Region 3 Championships. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Des Moines, IA where she finished sixth in the all-around with a 37.975 and third on balance beam.

In 2016, Kailey finished third in the all-around, first on balance beam and fourth on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 3 Championships, she placed third in the all-around, second on balance beam and third on uneven bars. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Ft. Worth, TX, finishing 18th in the all-around and third on uneven bars.

Currently, Kailey is preparing for the 2017 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains about 37 hours per week at Stars Gymnastics Training Center in Houston, Texas under coaches Ashley and Dan Baker. Her long-term goal is to obtain a college scholarship to a Division 1 school.


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