My name is Courtney...
I was born and raised in Lawton, OK. I grew up with a loving family who supported me in everything I did and continues to be my main support system. I graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2010 and went on to receive my BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
I began gymnastics at the age of 5 and it didn't take me long to realize that I had found my passion. I competed for 10 years at my parents' training center, Fliptastic Gymnastics, in Lawton. After graduating from OU, I returned home to become the Program Director at the gym.
I have known for many years that I wanted to make a career in gymnastics. In my opinion, coaching is one of the most rewarding jobs on the planet. The girls I coach inspire me every day and are truly one of the most important parts of my life. As much as I enjoy building great gymnasts, my bigger goal is to produce even better humans.
I attribute much of my success and positive upbringing to the sport of gymnastics. The life skills I learned in the gym, such as discipline, hard work, time management and perseverance have benefitted me my entire life. I believe that every child, no matter their background or circumstances, deserves a chance to learn these life lessons just as I did. And while I wouldn't trade a single minute of my childhood, I've learned as I've aged that there are even better ways of empowering children in and out of the gym. It has become my life's mission to become the best coach I can be in order to better the lives of my gymnasts.
This vision inspired our mission statement at my family's gymnastics center:
Our mission at Fliptastic Gymnastics is to play an active role in the development of healthy, confident, disciplined and respectful children. We accomplish this by:
•Setting goals and establishing a foundation for success
•Helping children realize their self-worth and abilities
•Helping children develop and refine the life-long skills of self-esteem, work ethic, and goal setting
Each and every day I strive to carry out this mission and be a positive force in my athletes' lives.
Outside of my work, I enjoy spending time with my family, boyfriend and fur babies (Xena and Ollie), working out in my CrossFit gym, watching dirt track races, hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners play football and going to concerts. I'm goofy, naive and slightly over the top. I love life and I believe in the greater good.
It might sound crazy that I want to change the world, but you know what they say...it's usually the crazy ones who do. 🙂