• Pamela Tiner

Zoie Johnson - Becoming an Overcomer!

Zoie Johnson began her journey at Moseley Gymnastics when she was just 2 years old as a Diaper Monkey. She worked her way through our gym monkey preschool program and became a member of team lazer on our pre-team just one month before her 5th birthday. You might say, "well she has this sport down by now because she's a veteran." What many of you don't know is the struggles Zoie has faced and the triumphs that followed.

Zoie started struggling very early on with her upper body strength because gymnastics is a sport of strength, there is only one way to go about pushing through this problem and that is to get stronger. Despite the fact that she worked closely with our on staff and coaches to on her conditioning to get stronger she has steadily struggled on bars because of the upper body strength required to execute the skills.

In the summer of 2018 the decision was made to move Zoie, despite her lower skill level on bars, off of our pre-team and onto our bronze level competitive team. Her coaches worked even closer with her mom, Gina, to set her up for success. She came to a nutritional session with Coach Ellen who helped her to understand the importance of proper vitamins, minerals, hydration and balanced meals on her performance and strength, she did private lessons with Coach Pam and Coach Taylor to work on her pullover on bars which is a requirement at her level, and she pushed herself hard during conditioning to get stronger. Through all of it her mom stood by cheering her on regardless of her temporary inability, and she trusted her coaches and the process without doubt that Zoie would eventually get the skill she needed to not only be successful on bars but to eventually help her promote to the next level. Despite Zoie's hard work, Gina's unrelenting faith in her daughter and her coaches pushing her in every area they could, Zoie was unsuccessful in getting the pullover mount she needed for bars.

Now many of you may be asking yourself why all of these adults in her life would put her through all of this only to watch her fail, but the truth is, through all of it, Zoie just kept showing up and working hard. She loved it and continued to tell her mom she wanted to keep going, so at the start of the 2019-2020 season, the coaches, her mom and Zoie had a discussion about her staying in the bronze level another year, and about the fact that, unless Zoie could get the pullover mount she needed for bars, she was would not be able to move again next season. With the agreement of Zoie and her family, it was decided that she would add to her gym time this year and instead of coming for the normal 8 hours a week, she would now attend 12 hrs a week of training time to increase her chances of success. With this came more skill training time and more conditioning time. This was a big commitment from both Zoie who would be putting in the training time and her family who would be responsible for getting her to and from class everyday.

The first two meets of the season passed with the same results. Still no pullover. Then last weekend at the out of state meet in Denver, Colorado came the moment we had all been waiting for. She stepped up to the bars and saluted the judge. Her hands touched the bar and in an instant the coaching staff, her family and her teammates erupted with cheer as Zoie pulled herself over that bar like a champion. I wish I had a close up picture of her mom's face as she beamed with pride. You could tell she was about to start crying. The funny thing is that it isn't about the skill, but instead about the journey. Zoie could have given up at any point and not one person would have faulted her for it because she truly was giving it 100% when she was in the gym training. Her body just wasn't cooperating with her efforts.

As Zoie finished her routine with pride in her heart and a smile on her face we all knew that she had learned how to believe in herself. She had learned to push herself more than she thought was possible, train harder than she thought she could and most of all believe in herself as long as it takes to make it happen. She became a champion in all of our eyes that day and now she knows how to be a champion in life too.

Be sure to give her a pat on the back the next time you see her because it's been a long time coming and she has earned it.

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"When my youngest daughter started the gymnastics program at Moseley’s Gymnastics at the age of 9, she yearned to belong in a sport of some activity of her own.  Being the youngest sibling, she often just followed in the shadow of her older sister just participated in dance and softball.  She was just expected to be like her older sister.  Even though she also excelled in all the same sports and activities, she still wanted to do something that was just “hers”.  She wanted her own thing to do.

Moseley’s Gymnastics offered a free class to try.  We signed her up and she was immediately hooked.  She excelled through the levels. She was offered a chance to compete on Team Lazer and that is when she truly began to blossom.  Her self-confidence began to build and she became a very strong independent young woman.  Not only did her gymnastic skills grow, but she began to build lifelong work ethic skills, Christian based values, integrity and goal setting skills that are also traits of strong leaders that I could see she was becoming.

After only a few short 7 years, these leadership skills have enabled her become a team leader, a coach, and a person who the younger gymnasts truly look up to and admire.

As a parent I would love to take the credit for creating such a wonder young adult, but in reality I had very little to do with it.  Alicyn is a product of the program at Moseley Gymnastics. Without the values they instilled in her, she would not be the successful college student, employee, or leader that she is.  I owe them many thanks"

Sheri Wilson Gym Mom 2009- present 

"My daughter started going to Moseley’s Gymnastics at the age of 3, for 10 years.  This program taught my daughter much more than gymnastics. She learned skills like:  strength, mental toughness, self-confidence, focus, goal setting, time-management, and how to be coachable.  I have seen her and  many of her gym sisters use these skills to become amazing young ladies."

Sally Carlton Gym mom 2004-2014



"I have 2 daughters who have been involved with Moseley’s gymnastics and a total of about 20 years and it was the best decision I could have made to enroll them there. Our experience over the years at Moseley‘s has been very positive the impact has carried out into their young adulthood.The coaches emphasize setting goals work ethic and determination which they will Utilize as life skills in the future. I would highly recommend putting your children in to gymnastics at Moseley’s you will see the positive impact as your child grows I sure did!!" 

Anna Lacomb Gym Mom/ Grandma 2005- present