Dereka Sikes

Age:
10
Club:
Salcianu Elite
Level:
8
Coach(es):
Sorin and Tammy Salcianu
Choreographer:
Tammy Salcianu / Sherri Shipp
My Biography

I first got into gymnastics in 2011 at age 5. My very first competition was in December 2012 at the Teddy Bear Classic in Boise, Idaho, where I placed 3rd overall in my level. In summer 2013, I began advanced training, which has helped get me to where I am today. I know there's still a lot of hard work ahead, but with the help of my family and my coaches, I think I have a good shot at becoming an Elite gymnast someday ... and maybe I'll even make it to the Olympics. That keeps me excited about the years ahead and makes me want to keep doing my best in training and competition.

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My Goals
  • I work hard to do a little bit better each day. I'm learning that it takes a long time to become a really good gymnast like the ones I look up to, so I try to focus on things one day at a time and try to perform better than I did the day before.
  • Working toward Elite-level gymnastics.
My Accomplishments
  • I was chosen for the 2015 USAG National TOPs Team
  • I regularly attend "Make It Right" Elite/TOPs/HOPES training camps.
My Skills
  • I keep learning new skills in everything - bars, beam, floor and vault. Some are more challenging for me to master than others, but I keep working until I get them. Competitions are a great way for me to see where I am, compared to other kids at my level, so I learn a lot at meets.
Some of My Favorite Things
  • At gym, I like to do back walkovers, aerials, giants, beam and floor. Away from gym, I enjoy family time with my mom and dad, my dog "Beams," dancing, Monster High, Godzilla, animals, fruit smoothies, frozen yogurt, and playing games on my iPad.
Fun Facts About Me
  • One of my favorite camps is Karolyi's Camp at Karolyi Ranch and US Gymnastics Training Center in Texas. I went there for the first time in summer 2013. I made lots of friends, especially with the guest coaches and athletes helping the campers. I also won three awards - "Camper of the Day," "Most Improved," and "Rope Climb." I got to meet Bela and Martha Karolyi, and Bela asked me to show my rope climbing skills to the campers and parents during closing ceremonies on the last day of camp. I'll never forget that experience!!! It was exciting to go back there in 2015 as a National TOPs qualifier and then be selected for the TOPs team. I hope to return for more training camps in the future. I also really enjoy working with the national coaches and staff at the "Make It Right" camps. People tell me those camps come really close to what the national training camps are like, so I'll know what to expect if I make it there someday.

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