ANAHEIM, Calif. — Each year, the top gymnasts in the country are chosen to compete at the P&G Championship for national titles and berths on the U.S. National Team.
This past weekend, Hamlet native Ashton Locklear was one of the 50-plus gymnasts to participate in the annual event in Southern California. She, along with 18-year-old Marissa Oakley (Huntersville) and 13-year-old Lauren Little (Mooresville), represented the state of North Carolina in the Junior and Senior competitions.
All three girls train with Qi Han and Yiwen Chen, who are head coaches and owners of Everest Gymnastics Training Center in Huntersville.
“What a tremendous honor it is to have three of our own Everest gymnasts compete in the P&G Gymnastics Championship,” Qi Han said. “They’ve worked hard to have this opportunity and we’re very proud of their results.”
Locklear, a 19-year-old senior international elite gymnast, placed second on the Senior Competition uneven bars and 10th on the beam. She was also named to the 2017 U.S. National Team — an honor she has received for four straight years.
The Hamlet gymnast served as an alternate to the 2016 Olympic Team that won gold in Rio.
Oakley, who’s practiced gymnastics for 14 years, tied for third on the Senior Competition uneven bars and attends the University of Georgia. Little, who’s practiced gymnastics for 12 years, finished 16th overall in the Junior competition.
Ashton Locklear, a 19-year-old gymnast from Hamlet, competed in the Senior Competition at the P&G National Championships in Anaheim, California this past weekend. She placed second on the uneven bars, 10th on the beam and was selected to the 2017 U.S. National Team for the fourth consecutive year.