|Name Ella Burgess
|Birthday January 31, 2002
|Hometown Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
|Parents Eric Burgess & Nancy Burgess Sheffield
|School Ponte Vedra High School
|Grad Year Class of 2020
|GPA 3.62 GPA; Honor Roll
Ella Burgess was born on January 31, 2002 in Florida to Eric Burgess and Nancy Burgess Sheffield. She has a brother, Elijah and two yellow labs named Beamer and Luca. Currently, Ella is an honor student at Ponte Vedra High School and she will graduate from high school in 2020. When Ella has time outside of gymnastics, she enjoys baking, beach activities and spending time with her friends.
Ella's mom enrolled her into Mommy and Me classes when she was three years old and fell in love with the sport. She has been training at TNT Gymnastics in Jacksonville since she was level 5 in 2011. At the 2011 Level 5 State Championships, she earned a bronze medal on floor exercise at the State Championships. She moved up to pre-optional (PO) where she finished third in the all-around and fourth on balance beam and floor exercise at the State Championships. As a level 7 gymnast in 2013, Ella placed fifth in the all-around and fourth on balance beam at the State Championships. She qualified to the Region 8 Championships, finishing sixth in the all-around with a 37.650 and fifth on balance beam.
In 2014 as a level 8 gymnast, Ella placed third in the all-around with a 37.150 and fourth on vault, uneven bars and balance beam at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished sixth on uneven bars and floor exercise. Ella moved up to level 9 for the 2015 season where she placed sixth in the all-around and third on balance beam. At the Region 8 Championships, she finished sixth on vault. As a first-year level 10 gymnast in 2016, Ella qualified to the Region 8 Championships. In 2017, she finished fifth on vault and sixth on floor exercise at the State Championships. At the Region 8 Championships, she placed fifth on balance beam. In 2018, Ella placed third on balance beam with a 9.500 at the State Championships and fourth on balance beam with a 9.475 at the Region 8 Championships.
In 2019, Ella earned gold medals on vault, balance beam and in the all-around with a 37.725 at the State Championships. She qualified to the Junior Olympic Nationals after finishing eighth in the all-around with a 37.775, first on balance beam and second on vault.
Ella trains 30 hours per week at Florida Elite Gymnastics in Saint Augustine, FL under coach Valentin Buse. Ella will join the University of Alabama gymnastics team during the 2020-2021 school year.