I have been blessed with good news this weekend! Yesterday I wrote that the news that Canada’s Shallon Olsen is committed to Alabama for the next season was the best piece of news of the day. Today’s best news is the following!
NCAA champion Danusia Francis, who graduated from UCLA in 2016, is officially back in the gym and is training to compete again for Jamaica.
Francis, 23, who was born in Coventry, England, competed internationally both for Great Britain and, more recently, for Jamaica. She represented Great Britain at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, where she helped her team qualify in fifth place to the Olympic Games. In 2012, she was named an alternate to Great Britain’s Olympic team.
In 2013, she moved to Los Angeles to compete in college for UCLA, where she had an outstanding career. A two-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-American and a six-time All-American, Francis scored two perfect 10.0s on balance beam during her senior year, and became 2016 NCAA co-champion also on the balance beam, a title she shared with Florida’s Bridget Sloan. Francis also had career highs of 9.950 on floor, of 9.925 on bars and of 9.775 on vault.
In 2015, Francis also competed for Jamaica at the World Championships in Glasgow, where she finished sixty-sixth in the all around.
After graduating from UCLA, Francis took some time off the gym, but now she is ready to go back to gymnastics full force. She announced the exciting news on Instagram, posting a video of herself training a Jaeger on the uneven bars, writing: ‘Plot twist 👀🇯🇲’.
One fan asked her if she was going to compete again, and she replied: ‘yep ☺️👌🏾’.
She is back training at her home club in Heathrow, England.
I cannot wait to see Danusia back in the competition – her flexibility, sassiness, James Bond floor routine and her hair are deeply missed. Welcome back!