I have been involved in the great sport of gymnastics for over 40 years. As a member of the Green Bay YMCA and Georgia College gymnastics teams,
I won many state championships and was nationally ranked. I spent my summers away from home training with Hungarian coach Geza Martiny.
I received a scholarship to Georgia College where Geza was the head coach. Throughout my gymnastics career I competed in eight National Championships.
My first sport was not gymnastics. My parents were professional ice skaters. I started skating as soon as I could walk.
My second sport was synchronized swimming. When I entered school, my mom took a job with the Green Bay YMCA and started a water ballet club.
I performed in my first show, a solo number, at the age of five. I went on to become a state and regional champion. I had the opportunity to participate
in many sports. Besides gymnastics and synchronized swimming, I also competed in speed swimming, diving, played softball, volleyball and was a National Champion
on the YMCA Athletic Achievement Team. I also studied dance, jazz, tap, and ballet, and was a member of a performing dance troupe.
I am very thankful to may parents for exposing me to so many different sports. Gymnastics is where I eventually focused all my time and energy.
I credit my parents, Roy and Lois McDonald, for allowing me to zero in on my passion, not theirs, gymnastics.
I became a judge on Coach Martiny's recommendation. While at Georgia College, I took a judging course, passed the test, and began my judging career in 1978.
I continued to work my way up the judging ranks, reaching the national level.
Judging has been a wonderful way for me to stay involved in the sport I love. Becoming a judge was the best decision I ever made for myself.
Judging has not only kept me involved with my sport, but also has provided me with a variety of wonderful opportunities and lifelong friendships.
I cant imagine my life without gymnastics.
The three greatest influences in my life have been my mother, my father, and my coach.