Azaraya Ra-Akbar began gymnastics at the age of six after being in cheer for a few months. Just a few months after beginning gymnastics, Azaraya began competing as a level 3 with Fairland Gymnastics. Azaraya concluded her season at the Maryland State Championships where she finished fifth on floor.
Following her 2013 season, Azaraya began training with Hill’s Gymnastics and competed level 5 during the 2014-2015 season. Azaraya had a solid season and went on to win the vault title and place second on floor and in the all around at the Maryland State Championships. During the 2015-2016 season, Azaraya competed level 7. She opened up her season at the Christmas on the Chesapeake Gymnastics Meet where she won the floor and all around titles. Azaraya went on to win the all around title at all but one competition. At the Maryland State Championships, Azaraya had a phenomenal meet, and won the vault, beam, floor, and all around titles.
Azaraya skipped level 8 and competed level 9 during the 2017 season. At the Region 7 Championships, Azaraya finished third on floor. Shortly after finishing her level 9 season, Azaraya went on to compete at the Parkettes National Elite Qualifier where she qualified for the Hopes Classic. At the Hopes Classic, Azaraya finished third on floor and fourth all around, qualifying to the Hopes Championships. Azaraya had a solid meet at the Hopes Championships and went on to place second on floor and eighth all around in the Hopes 10-11 division.
After a successful level 9 and Hopes season, Azaraya began her 2017-2018 season at the Myrtle Beach Cup where she earned her Hopes 10-11 compulsory score. Azaraya then went on to compete as a level 10 at the Hill’s Maryland Classic whee she place second on beam. Two weeks later, Azaraya traveled to Phoenix, AZ where she earned her optional score and qualified Hopes for her second year. Shortly after qualifying, Azaraya began training at United Gymnastix Center with her dad. In early July, Azaraya was set to compete in the Hopes Classic in Salt Lake City, UT. Azarya started off strong on floor and was in first place after the first rotation. Unfortunately, Azaraya took a scary fall on the uneven bars and was not able to finish the meet. However, Azarya's top floor score held up and she earned a gold medal on floor with a 12.450.
Competing level 10 and Hopes during the 2018-2019 season, Azaraya began her season at the Parkettes Elite Compulsory Qualifier where she earned her Hopes 12-13 compulsory score. Azaraya competed her first level 10 meet of the season at United Winterfest and earned a bronze medal on vault. Two months later, Azaraya competed at the KPAC National Elite Qualifier and earned her Hopes 12-13 optional score, qualifying to the Hopes Classic for a third year. Azaraya concluded her level 10 season at the Maryland State Championships in March, and came home with silver medals on bars, floor, and in the all around. In June, Azaraya finished up her season at the Hopes Classic where she finished 11th on bars in the 12-13 division.
Following her 2019 season, Azarya began training at World Class Gymnastics. Azaraya began her 2019-2020 season competing level 10 at the Myrtle Beach Cup. Here, Azaraya won the floor title and finished second on vault and in the all around. In February, Azaraya competed at the Excalibur Cup National Elite Qualifier where she earned her junior elite compulsory score. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Azaraya's season was cut short as the remainder of the season was canceled. Due to the remainder of the 2020 season being canceled, USAG allowed for all Hopes and Elite Qualifiers to retain their qualifying score for the 2021 season. With this, Azaraya will keep her junior elite compulsory score for the 2021 season.
Currently, Azaraya trains 25-30 hours per week under coach Jubael Ra-Akbar at World Class Gymnastics. Azarya’s ultimate goal is to earn a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics.
2021 Junior Elite Compulsory Qualifier
2020 Junior Elite Compulsory Qualifier
2019 Maryland State Championships Level 10 bars, floor & AA silver medalist
2019 Hopes Classic 12-13 Qualifier
2019 Developmental Team Member
2018 Hopes Classic 10-11 floor champion
2017 Region 7 Championships Level 9 floor bronze medalist
2017 Hopes Classic 10-11 floor bronze medalist
2017 Hopes Championships 10-11 floor silver medalist
2016 Maryland State Championships Level 7 vault, beam, floor & AA champion; bars silver medalist
2016 America's Top 100: Level 7 Beam, Floor & AA
2015 Maryland State Championships Level 5 vault champion; floor & AA silver medalist; bars bronze medalist
Junior Elite Compulsory Qualifier
Junior Elite Compulsory Qualifier
Developmental Team Member
Hopes Classic 12-13 Qualifier
Maryland State Championships Level 10 bars, floor & AA silver medalist
Hopes Classic 10-11 floor champion
Hopes Championships 10-11 floor silver medalist
Hopes Classic 10-11 floor bronze medalist
Region 7 Championships Level 9 floor bronze medalist
America's Top 100: Level 7 Beam, Floor & AA
Maryland State Championships Level 7 vault, beam, floor & AA champion; bars silver medalist
Maryland State Championships Level 5 vault champion; floor & AA silver medalist; bars bronze medalist
Favorite Event: Floor
Favorite Skill: Jaeger
Favorite Gymnast: Simone Biles
Favorite Meet: Hopes Championships
Favorite Quote: "Be you."