Seventh grader Emma Grace Boyd of Orlando Metro Gymnastics has committed to the University of Georgia for the 2023-24 season. Emma’s commitment has raised eyebrows because it is incredibly early. If, on the one hand, this is proof of Emma’s incredible talent and potential, on the other hand it raises questions as to how early an athlete should be allowed to commit to a university, as well as to the consequences such early commitments have on the athletes’ bodies and minds.
Emma began competing as a Level 10 gymnast in 2016. That year, she competed at the Florida State Championships and tied for gold on the uneven bars. In 2017, she competed in four meets. Her first meet was Sand Dollar/Whitlow Invitational, where she won gold on bars with a huge 9.700 and tied for gold on beam. She then competed at the Florida State Championships, where she won silver on bars and tied for bronze on beam. This December, she competed at the Myrtle Beach Cup, where she competed in the all around, finishing fourth overall and first on bars, and at the Atlantis Crown Invitational, where she won gold on beam with a huge 9.800 and second on bars.
Article by Talitha Ilacqua