Nola Matthews got her start in gymnastics at the age of three in a mommy and me class at USA Sports. Three years later, Nola began competing level 3 with USA Sports and placed 10th all around at the NorCal South Level 3 State Championships. In 2014, Nola competed level 4 and took home the uneven bars bronze medal at the NorCal South State Meet.
In 2015, Nola began training at Airborne Gymnastics Training Center and participated in TOPs Testing where she went on to make the 2015 TOPs A National Team. At her first level 5 meet, Nola won the bars title and placed third all around. Nola finished up a great level 5 season at the NorCal State Championships where she won the bars and floor titles and took home third all around. For the winter/spring 2016 season, Nola skipped level 6 and went right to competing level 7. Nola finished in the top 5 in the all around throughout the season and placed third all around at the NorCal Level 7 State Meet. Nola participated in TOPs Testing again for the 2016 season and was invited to Developmental Invite Camp.
Nola skipped level 8 and competed both level 9 and Hopes during the 2017 season. On addition, Nola was invited to Developmental Camp. At the NorCal Level 9 State Meet, Nola finished 8th on beam and qualified to the Region 1 Championships. At Regionals, Nola placed third on beam and fifth all around and qualified to the Western National Championships. Nola had a great meet at Westerns and placed 7th on beam and 8th on floor in a tough age division. After her level 9 season concluded, Nola qualified Hopes at the Parkettes National Elite Qualifier. At the Hopes Classic, Nola placed 10th on bars.
Nola began her 2018 level 10 season at the California Grand Invitational where she won the beam title. She then went to the Fiesta Bowl National Elite Qualifier and earned her score to qualify for Hopes 12-13 and the Hopes Classic. At the NorCal Level 10 State Championships, Nola placed 4th on beam. Nola finished her JO season at the Region 1 Championships where she placed in the top 10 on bars. In July, Nola competed in the Hopes Classic in Salt Lake City, UT. Unfortunately, Nola took a hard fall on her second event - bars - and was not able to finish her routine. However, Nola came back strong and was able to finish her meet and compete both beam and floor. Nola finished fifth on beam.
Currently, Nola trains 30 hours per week under coaches Cale Robinson and Gibran Campos at Airborne Gymnastics Training Center. Nola is finishing up her first level 10 season and will be competing Hopes this summer. In the future, Nola’s goal is to earn a gymnastics scholarship to Oklahoma, UCLA, or Uta