Nya T. Reed was born on January 5, 2000 in Norfolk, VA to Katrina Smith and Anthony Reed. Nya has a small Shichon dog, which she treats like a true family member, named Amy. Currently, Nya is a senior at Flint Hill College Preparatory School and she will graduate from high school in 2018.
Nya has participated in several volunteer activities and charity events. The joy of making people smile makes her day. She participated in the Helping Hands Community Service Program and helped revitalize parks in Washington DC through Washington Park and Recreations Revitalization Program. She also delivered specialized meals and groceries to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses with Food & Friends. Nya has collected and worked with Lion’s Eyeglass Recycling Center of Northern Virginia sorting used eyeglasses to be delivered to needy individuals. In addition, she enjoys making extra lunches to be donated to So Others Might Eat (SOME) program that help the homeless in the nation's capital. Nya also participated in the following charities either through volunteering or actually walking for the cause; Help the Homeless Walk, Washington’s HIV and Aids Awareness Walk, Take Steps Crohn’s and Colitis Walk and Breast Cancer Awareness Avon Walk. Lastly, Nya enjoys music, dance, trendy fashion and photography.
A young lady who worked at Nya’s elementary school stated that Nya was built like a gymnast, full of energy and had major skills on the playground. The elementary school staff member asked her mom to bring her to the gym for a gymnastics class where her daughter was currently competing gymnastics as a level 6 gymnast. Nya's mom took her because she wanted the daily harrassment to stop. However, Nya loved the recreational class and her mom ended up registering her for a Mommy and Me class. Nya has been doing gymnastics ever since that day. Nya started her competitive gymnastics career as a Pre-Team participant at the age of 5 and competed through level 7 at Elite Gymnastics Recreational Center in Waldorf, MD.
As a level 7 gymnast in 2009, Nya finished sixth in the all-around and second on floor exercise at the State Championships. Following the 2009 season, Nya began training at Capital Gymnastics National Center in Burke, VA. She continued competing level 7 in 2010. At the State Championships, Nya finished fourth in the all-around and third on vault. In 2011, Nya had a great meet at the Level 8 State Championships where she placed first in the all-around with a 38.150, first on vault and uneven bars, second on balance beam and third on floor exercise. Nya qualified to the Region 7 Championships, finishing fourth in the all-around and fifth on floor exercise.
Nya moved up to level 9 in 2012 where she finished second in the all-around and first on vault at the State Championships. She did really well at the Region 7 Championships where she placed fifth in the all-around, second on floor exercise and fifth on uneven bars. This qualified Nya to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals, finishing 12th in the all-around, second on floor exercise and sixth on vault.
As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2013, Nya grabbed gold medals on uneven bars, floor exercise and in the all-around at the State Championships and qualified to the Region 7 Championships. In 2014, Nya finished third in the all-around, first on vault and third on uneven bars and balance beam at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 7 Championships where she placed fifth on vault. In 2015, Nya earned a bronze medal on floor exercise and placed seventh on vault at the Region 7 Championships.
Nya had a great season in 2016 where she finished third in the all-around with a 37.600 and third on vault and balance beam at the State Championships. At the Region 7 Championships, she placed 13th in the all-around and eighth on vault out of 30 gymnasts. In 2017, Nya placed fourth in the all-around and first on vault, balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 7 Championships, she finished fourth in the all-around with a 37.700 and fourth on vault. Nya qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis, IN where she placed eighth in the all-around with a 38.000, second on floor exercise, fifth on vault and sixth on balance beam out of 57 gymnasts.
Nya is preparing for the 2018 season as a level 10 gymnast. She trains 27 hours per week at Capital Gymnastics National Training Center in Burke, VA under coaches Tatiana Perskaia and Marina Gerom. Nya would like to make the Region 7 All-Star Team and represent Region 7 and USA internationally at least once. Her long-term goal is to obtain a Division I college scholarship.