Anna Maria Gonzales got her start in gymnastics at the age of eight after watching the 2008 Summer Olympics. Anna was instantly inspired and wanted to begin gymnastics. Anna was enrolled in recreational classes and quickly began to progress. By the time she was ten, Anna began competing Xcel Silver with First in Flight Gymnastics. In her first season of competitive gymnastics, Anna went on to win the vault title at the 2015 North Carolina Xcel State Championships.
Competing Xcel Gold during the 2016 season, Anna began her season at The Gala Invitational. Here, Anna finished in the top 5 on vault and bars and seventh all around. Anna continued to improve throughout the season and earned the bronze medal in the all around at the North Carolina State Championships. From state, Anna qualified to the Region 8 Championships where she finished sixth on floor and in the all around. Anna competed a second season of Gold during the 2017 season and kicked off her season at The Gala where she won the vault title and took third on bars, floor, and in the all around. At Anna's next two meets, the Ozone Invitational and the Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, Anna won the all around title. Later in the season at the North Carolina State Championships, Anna had one of her best meets of her season taking home the gold medal on vault and silver on bars and in the all around. Anna concluded her season in May at the Region 8 Championships with a third place finish on vault.
Anna began competing Xcel Platinum in January 2018. At her first meet of the season, The Gala Meet, Anna took fourth on bars and seventh all around. Three months later at state, Anna had her best meet of the season, winning the vault title and earning silver medals on beam and in the all around. For her third year in a row, Anna qualified to the Region 8 Championships. Here, she finished fourth on vault and in the top 10 on floor and in the all around.
Anna competed Platinum during the 2019 season and had a phenomenal year. At her first three meets of the season, Anna won the all around titles and throughout the season she finished in the top three in the all around. At state, Anna took home the silver medals on vault, floor, and in the all around. At regionals, Anna finished second on beam and in the all around and third on vault. In addition to finishing in the op three throughout the season, Anna also had two phenomenal vault performances which earned her spots in America's Top 100 for Xcel Platinum vaults during the 2019 season.
Competing Xcel Platinum during the 2019-2020 season, Anna kicked off her season at Cown of the Carolinas in November. Here, Anna won the vault, bars, beam, and all around titles.
Currently, Anna trains 18 hours per week under coaches Nicki, Chris, and Don at First in Flight Gymnastics. Anna's goal for the 2020 season is to win the all around at both the State and Regional championships. In the future, Anna hopes to compete Xcel Diamond.