Ella Hennessey got her start in gymnastics at the age of two in mommy and me classes and loved being in the gym from the start. By the age of seven, Ella started competing as a level 3 with Cartwheels Gymnastics Center. At her very first meet, Ella came in sixth on beam. Four months later at the New York Upstate Championships, Ella won the vault and bars titles and came in second in the all around.
Competing level 4 during the 2018-2019 season, Ella began her season at the World Class Invitational where she won the bars and all around titles. In May at the New York Upstate Championships, Ella finished fifth on beam and seventh all around.
Following her level 4 season, Ella tested out of level 5 and competed her first level 6 meet in December 2019 at the World Class Invitational and won the beam title with a 9.700. Ella was able to compete three more meets before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and had her best meet of her season at the Saratoga Winterfest where she won the beam and all around titles.
Ella began her 2021 level 7 season at the Rochester Classic. Here, Ella came in second on beam and third on floor. Two months later at the New York State Championships, Ella won the beam and floor titles and took second on vault, bars, and in the all around. From state, Ella qualified to the Region 6 Championships where she concluded her season with a bronze medal winning performance on floor.
Ella kicked off her 2021-2022 season as a level 8 at the Pilgrim Harvest Invitational. Here, she placed top 5 on vault and top 10 on bars, beam, floor, and all around. A couple months later Ella competed at Saratoga Winterfest earning a bronze medal on floor and top 10 finish in the all around.
Currently, Ella trains 20 hours per week under coaches Dana Marion-Dammer and Cassie Bumford at Cartwheels Gymnastics Center. Ella's goal for her 2021 offseason is to learn level 8 and 9 skills including her Yurchenko vault, double back dismount off bars, and flic lay on beam. In the future, Ella hopes to compete for a division 1 college gymnastics team.