Sydney Ashlyn Johnson-Scharpf was born on August 2, 2000 in Orlando, Florida to Bill Scharpf and Brandy Johnson-Scharpf. Sydney's dad, Bill was a professional water skier and nationally ranked free style water ski jumper. Bill has worked in the movie business for 22 years primarily as a stuntman and stunt coordinator. He has also produced and directed movies. Sydney is the daughter of Olympic gymnast Brandy Johnson.
Brandy Johnson was a member of the US National Team from 1987-1990. She represented the USA team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea where she finished tenth in the all-around, the highest all around finisher for the USA. She also competed at the 1989 World Championships, placing seventh overall and second on vault. After Brandy retired from gymnastics, she opened her own gym, Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics in Clermont, Florida.
Naturally, Sydney followed her mom's footsteps into gymnastics at the age of three after taking some classes to see how she would like it. Her gymnastics career at Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics took off ever since.
Sydney started competing as a level 7 gymnast in 2010. She finished second in the all-around as well as first on vault and floor exercise at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. At the Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Texas, she placed first on balance beam and third in the all-around. She won the all-around title at the Presidential Classic and Gasparilla Classic. At the Level 7 Florida State Championships, Sydney earned gold medals on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. She concluded her 2010 season at the Region 8 Championships, finishing second in the all-around and first on balance beam.
As a level 8 gymnast in 2011, Sydney started her season by winning gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational. At the Atlanta Crown Invitational, she finished first on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. In March, Sydney earned gold medals on balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around at the Level 8 Florida State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished second in the all-around as well as first on balance beam and floor exercise.
Sydney continued dominating as a level 9 gymnast in 2012. At the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational, Sydney earned gold medals on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. She traveled to Dallas, Texas for the Kurt Thomas Invitational, finishing first on uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney swept gold medals at the Tim Rand Invitational. At the National Gymnastics Challenge in Georgia, she placed first on vault, balance beam, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney won a silver medal in the all-around and a gold medal on floor exercise at the Level 9 Florida State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships in Tampa, Florida, she became the Vault, Balance Beam and All-Around Champion. She also earned silver medals on uneven bars and floor exercise, qualifying to the Level 9 Eastern Nationals in Landover, MD. At the Eastern Nationals, she finished first on balance beam and second on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. Sydney currently holds the highest all-around score for level 9 in the country.
Currently, Sydney is preparing for the upcoming 2013 season as a L10 gymnast. She trains about 24 hours per week at Brandy Johnson's Global Gymnastics under coaches Brandy Johnson-Scharpf, Kelly Pitzen and Brian Amato. She already scored three 9.9's in her short career and placed in the top two in every state and regional meet. She is training hard to reach her long-term goal, to become a junior international elite gymnast. Sydney dreams of traveling the world as an elite gymnast, representing the USA. Her long-term goal is to earn a college scholarship to a Division 1 school.
Outside of the gymnastics world, Sydney is a straight A student at Montverde Academy, a college preparatory school in Montverde, FL. She was invited into the Junior National Honor Society (JNHS). During her spare time, she likes to do arts & crafts, go shopping, driving her golf cart and doing science experiments.