By Erica Rath
Aja Sims is a high school senior from Orlando, Fla. She competes for Brandy Johnson’s Global Gymnastics in her hometown. Brandy Johnson-Scharpf is an Olympian, who competed in the 1988 Olympic Games. She also is coached by Kelly Pitzen.
Aja has already committed to the University of Alabama to compete collegiately in arguably the best gymnastics conference in the country, the Southeastern Conference. She attends public school and leaves early to put hours in at the gym. She has found that her classmates support her and accept her schedule because they see the hard work she has put in. Earning a college scholarship is the highest goal she has reached this far in her career.
The Nastia Liukin Cup means a lot to Aja because she sees Liukin as a tremendous role model. She describes her as having power and grace and these are things she hopes to can translate in her performance at the Cup.
The uneven bars are Aja’s favorite event because of the challenge it puts in front of her.
While at University of Alabama, Aja hopes to study kinesiology, or something in the health field in order to stay in the sports realm. Conveniently, her favorite subject in school is science, which will help her in her future aspirations.
Since Aja is an only child, she enjoys spending time with friends. When she isn’t training or at school, she enjoys going shopping and watching movies.