Hezly Rivera got her start in gymnastics at the age of five after attending a birthday party at a gym. One of the coaches at the gym told Hezly’s parents that she was a natural and that she should try out for pre-team. A week later, Hezly tried out for pre-team and was accepted. Eight months later, Hezly began training at ENA Paramus and began competing in October 2014 as a level 3. Hezly had a great first season of competitive gymnastics and went on to win the bars title and place fourth on floor at the 2015 New Jersey State Championships.
Hezly did not compete for awhile following level 3 state, but continued to train and prepare for higher levels. In June 2016, Hezly participated in TOPs State Testing and qualified to TOPs National Testing. From National Testing, Hezly made the TOPs National A Team. However, Hezly skipped TOPs A Camp and went straight in to Developmental Invite Camp. In January 2017, Hezly participated in her first and only Developmental Invite Camp as she was invited to participate Developmental Camp in May 2017. In 2017, Hezly also competed two meets of level 7 in which she won the all around title at one meet and took second at the other. Throughout the rest of the season, Hezly competed level 8 and went on to earn a bronze medal on beam at the New Jersey State Championships. Hezly finished her season at the Region 7 Championships as one of the youngest competitors in the region.
Following Hezly’s 2017 season, she began training for her 2018 Hopes Season. Hezly achieved her Hopes 10-11 optional score at the City of Lights National Qualifier and her compulsory score at the Brestyan's Elite Qualifier, qualifying to the 2018 Hopes Classic in Salt Lake City, UT. At the Hopes Classic, Hezly had a fantastic competition, winning the floor title and placing sixth all around, qualifying to the Hopes Championships. Hezly had another solid competition at the Hopes Championships and finished as the bronze medalist on floor as well as a vault medalist.
Currently, Hezly trains 32 hours per week under coaches Craig and Jennifer Zappa at ENA Paramus in New Jersey. In the future, Hezly’s goals are to earn a spot on the U.S. National Team as well as a spot on the Olympic Team, and earn a scholarship to a NCAA division 1 school for gymnastics.
2018 Hopes Classic 10-11 floor champion; vault, bars & AA medalist
2018 Hopes Championships 10-11 floor bronze medalist & vault medalist
2017 Region 7 Championships Level 8 Qualifier
2017 New Jersey State Championships Level 8 beam bronze medalist
2016 TOPs National A Team Member
2015 New Jersey State Championships Level 3 bars champion
USA Developmental Team Member
USA Developmental Team Member
Hopes Championships 10-11 floor bronze medalist & vault medalist
Hopes Classic 10-11 floor champion; vault, bars & AA medalist
Region 7 Championships Level 8 Qualifier
New Jersey State Championships Level 8 beam bronze medalist
TOPs National A Team Member
New Jersey State Championships Level 3 bars champion
Favorite Event: Beam
Favorite Skill: Flic 2 Feet, Lay
Favorite Gymnast: Laurie Hernandez
Favorite Meet: Hopes Classic
Favorite Quote: "Faith is stronger than fear."
|06/24/2018||Brestyan's National Elite Qualifier||Hopes 10-11||Vault - 12.750 (2)||Beam - 11.900 (4)||Floor - 12.600 (1)|
|06/23/2018||Brestyan's Elite Compulsory Qualifier||Hopes||Bars - 9.100||Beam - 9.050|
|02/08/2018||City of Lights National Elite Qualifier||Hopes 10-11||Floor - 11.800 (2)|
|03/19/2017||New Jersey State Championships||8||Beam - 9.500 (3)|
|01/13/2017||Star Struck Invitational||7||Beam - 9.800 (1)|
|01/06/2017||Rutgers Color Games||7||Bars - 9.675 (1)|