Emma McRae got her start in gymnastics at the age of two in a toddler class at the local YMCA. By the age of five, Emma was invited to join pre-team and was invited to join the level 3 team program in 2012. Emma competed level 3 during the 2015 season. Emma competed her first season of level 4 during the 2015-2016 season. Following her first season of level 4, Emma began training at AGI. Emma competed a second season of level 4 in 2017 and finished in the top 3 in the all around at all of her meets.
Emma competed her final year of compulsories during the 2018 season as a level 5. During this season, Emma went nearly undefeated in the all around and won the bars and all around titles at the Illinois State Championships. One month after state, Emma competed her first and last meet of level 6 where she won the vault, beam, floor and all around titles.
Competing as a level 7 during the 2019 season, Emma began her season at the Legacy Elite Classic. Here, Emma won the vault title and came in second on bars and floor. In March at the Illinois State Championships, Emma concluded her season with top 10 finishes on bars, floor, and all around.
Emma began her 2019-2020 level 8 season at the Justin Spring Invitational where she won the bars title. Emma had her best meet of her season at the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational and brought home gold medals on beam and floor. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emma's season was cut short as the remainder of the season was canceled.
Emma began her 2021 level 8 season at the Dragon Invite where she won the vault title. Two months later at the Illinois State Championships, Emma earned a gold medal on vault and silver medals on bars and in the all around. From state, Emma was selected to represent the state of Illinois at the Region 5 Championships. Emma concluded her season at regionals with a gold medal winning performance on beam as well as fourth all around and fifth on vault.
Currently, Emma trains 20 hours per week under coaches Amanda Verhaeg and Greg Verhaeg at AGI. In the future, Emma hopes to earn a college scholarship for gymnastics and then become an elementary education teacher.
2021 Region 5 Championships Level 8 Illinois State Team Member
2021 Region 5 Championships Level 8 Beam Champion
2021 Illinois State Championships Level 8 Vault Champion; Bars & AA Silver Medalist
2020 Illinois State Championships Level 8 Qualifier (Canceled due to COVID-19)
2019 Illinois State Championships Level 7 Qualifier
2018 Illinois State Championships Level 5 bars & AA champion; beam silver medalist
2018 America's Top 100: Level 5 Beam
Region 5 Championships Level 8 Illinois State Team Member
Region 5 Championships Level 8 Beam Champion
Illinois State Championships Level 8 Vault Champion; Bars & AA Silver Medalist
Illinois State Championships Level 8 Qualifier (Canceled due to COVID-19)
Illinois State Championships Level 7 Qualifier
America's Top 100: Level 5 Beam
Illinois State Championships Level 5 bars & AA champion; beam silver medalist
Favorite Event: Floor
Favorite Skill: Side Aerial
Favorite Gymnast: Riley McCusker
Favorite Meet: 2018 NCAA Youth Gymnastics Challenge
Favorite Quote: "A little progress each day adds up to BIG results."