Stella DePaola got her start in gymnastics at the age of eight in recreational classes. Shortly after beginning classes, a JO coach at Gold Medal Gymnastics Centereach in New York noticed Stella and invited her to join the gym's level 4 team. After training for one summer, Stella began competing level 4 in December 2015. Stella had a great first year of competitive gymnastics and went on to win the floor title at the New York Downstate Championships. Competing level 5 during the 2016-2017 season, Stella won the beam title at the New York Early Season State Meet.

Stella began her optional career in November 2017 as a level 7 at the Turkey Tumble Meet. Here, Stella won the beam and all around titles. Stella continued to have a great level 7 season and went on to win the bars title at both the New York State Championships and the Region 6 Championships in the spring of 2018.

Following her 2018 season, Stella and her family moved to Arizona and Stella began training at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics. Stella tested out of level 8 and competed level 9 during the 2019 season. At her first level 9 meet, the Fiesta Bowl Invitational, Stella finished tenth on beam. In March at the Arizona State Championships, Stella won the floor title and finished fifth all around and advanced to the Region 1 Championships. Stella concluded her season at regionals with an eighth place finish on beam.

Competing a second season of level 9 in 2020, Stella began her season at the California Grand Invitational where she won the vault and floor titles and brought home a bronze on bars. Two weeks later, Stella competed at the Palm Springs Cup Elite Compulsory Qualifier where she earned her Hopes 12-13 compulsory score.

Currently, Stella trains 28 hours per week under coaches Dan Witenstein, Pam Evans, Brian Carey, and Wendy Fiarkoski at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics. Stella's goal for the 2020 season is to qualify to the Hopes Classic. In the future, Stella hopes to qualify elite and compete internationally and earn a college scholarship for gymnastics.

2020 Hopes 12-13 Compulsory Qualifier
2019 Region 1 Championships Level 9 Qualifier
2019 Arizona State Championships Level 9 Floor champion
2018 Region 6 Championships Level 7 bars champion & AA silver medalist
2018 New York State Championships Level 7 bars champion
2017 New York Early Season State Championships Level 5 beam champion
2016 New York Downstate Championships Level 4 floor champion & vault bronze medalist
Hopes 12-13 Compulsory Qualifier
Region 1 Championships Level 9 Qualifier
Arizona State Championships Level 9 Floor champion
Region 6 Championships Level 7 bars champion & AA silver medalist
New York State Championships Level 7 bars champion
New York Early Season State Championships Level 5 beam champion
New York Downstate Championships Level 4 floor champion & vault bronze medalist

Favorite Event: Vault & Floor

Favorite Skill: Triple Full

Favorite Gymnast: Jade Carey

Favorite Meet: Classic Rock Invitational

Favorite Quote:
"It’s not the will to win that matters, everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters."

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