Leighton Didier got her start in gymnastics at the age of three in preschool gymnastics classes. Leighton loved being in the gym from the start and progressed through classes. Eventually, Leighton was invited to join the team program at Amarillo Gymnastics.
Leighton competed level 4 during the 2015 season. At her first meet, the District 1 Qualifier, Leighton finished in the top five on vault, beam, and floor. In October at the District 1 Championships, Leighton won the vault and floor titles as well as second in the all around.
Following her 2015 level 3 season, Leighton began training at WOGA Gymnastics. As a level 4 in 2016, Leighton began her season at a District Qualifier where she came in second on vault and in the all around as well as third on vault and bars. In October at the District 3 Championships, Leighton finished fourth on beam and floor. From the District Championships, Leighton qualified to the Texas North State Championships. At North State, Leighton came in the top five on vault and floor, finished sixth all around, and qualified to the Texas State Championships. Leighton concluded her season at the Texas State Championships, earning a silver medal on floor and finishing eighth all around.
Leighton competed her first level 5 meet in January 2017 at the Texas Prime Meet. Here, Leighton won the beam title with a 9.700. Leighton competed her final level 5 meet one month later at the WOGA Classic where she finished second on beam.
Leighton began her optional career in January 2018 as a level 7 at the California Grand Invitational. Leighton continued to improve throughout the season and qualified to the Texas State Championships where she finished fifth on bars and beam. From state, Leighton qualified to the Region 3 Championships. Here, Leighton earned a silver medal on vault and bronze medal on beam.
Following her 2018 level 7 season, Leighton began training at Golden Grip Gymnastics. As a level 8 in 2019, Leighton began her season at the Texas Prime Meet where she came in fifth on floor. In March at the Texas State Championships, Leighton finished sixth on bars and floor and qualified to the Region 3 Championships. Leighton finished up her season in April at the Region 3 Championships with a sixth place finish on vault and eighth place finish on floor.
Competing level 9 in 2020, Leighton began her season at the Texas Prime Meet and finished in the top 10 on beam and floor. Leighton was able to compete five more meets before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. Leighton had her best performance of the season at the WOGA Classic with a third place finish on vault and top ten finish in the all around.
As a first year level 10 in 2021, Leighton began her season at the Galveston Island Winter Beach Blast where she earned a silver medal on vault. At her next meet, the Texas Prime Meet, Leighton took second on bars and fourth on vault. Two months later at the Texas State Championships, Leighton earned a bronze medal on vault and finished fourth on floor and in the all around. At the Region 3 Championships, Leighton won the silver medal on vault and finished eighth all around. Normally, as an eighth place finisher, Leighton would be an alternate for the Level 10 National Championships. However, due to extra allocated spots, Leighton earned a spot to represent Region 3 at the Level 10 National Championships. Unfortunately, prior to leaving for nationals, Leighton suffered an injury and was unable to compete.
After her 2021 season, Leighton began training at Empire Gymnastics. Leighton began her 2021-2022 season at the Empire Invitational. Here, Leighton finished second on bars, beam, floor, and in the all around.
Currently, Leighton trains 28 hours per week under coaches Chris Brashear and Betty Mihaila at Empire Gymnastics. Leighton's goal for her 2022 season is to compete at an elite qualifier and/or qualify to the Level 10 National Championships. In the future, Leighton hopes to qualify elite and/or earn a college scholarship for gymnastics to the University of Florida or LSU.