Perfect 10 Countdown: Going for the Gold Gala 2018 – DAY 8 – Champion Athletes

It’s DAY 8 of the Going for the Gold Gala Perfect 10 Countdown!

We are lucky at the WHGF to have the support of so many champion athletes and trend setters!

From WHGF athletes to Olympic icons, we’re excited that these athletes will be in attendance at this year’s gala:
Olivia Boisson Ballet WHGF Alumna, NYC Ballet
Niahlah Hope Gymnastics WHGF Alumna, Professional Stunt Woman Black Panther & The Avengers
Gail Marquis Basketball 1976 Olympic Medalist, the first year women’s basketball was played in the Olympics
Audrey Smaltz Fashion Fashion Expert Extraordinaire
Collette Smith Football First ever Female Coach for the NY Jets
Phaidra Knight Rugby Three- time Rugby World Cup Participant and Player of the Decade Award Winner
Sharon Monplaisir Fencing Three-Time Olympic Fencer
Alexis Page Gymnastics WHGF Alumna, 3 Time US National Team, National-International Gold Medalist
Paul Williams Handball US Handball Association and NY State Hall of Fame Member
Dawn Riley Sailing First Female America’s Cup Captain
Rose Voisk Gymnastics 1948 Olympic Gymnast
Abie Grossfeld Gymnastics Two-Time Olympian, Five-time Olympic Coach
Toby Towson Gymnastics Six-Time National Champion, International Performer and Choreographer
Dominick Minicucci Gymnastics Two-Time Olympic Gymnast, NCAA Champion, WHGF Board Member
McKenzie Foster Gymnastics WHGF Team Alumna featured in the book I am a Gymnast
Camille Duvall Water Skiing Five-time World Champion Water Skier


Thank you all for your ongoing support of the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation!


We are reaching far and wide for support of our gymnastics programs that have already served over 17,000 youth with free and low cost gymnastics!

Every dollar goes to our gymnastics programs and scholarships – so donate here and please join us!

Find out more info about our Going for the Gold gala here.


Take a look at last year’s event


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Black Gymnasts in History 2018: NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Champions



The NCAA has been an outstanding platform for many Black gymnasts to showcase their talent. Many of these gymnasts competed for the USA on the national team and even the Olympics! There is something special about the maturity and expression of College Gymnastics.  These athletes come into their own and express it through their sport. In addition, most are superb students and have gone onto other challenging careers, taking their quest for excellence with them.

Today, we salute the NCAA Women’s National Gymnastics Individual Champions for Black Gymnasts in History.

Please see the full list below and click for more articles and videos to see the gymnasts in action.

NCAA Champions – All-Around

1989   Corinne Wright, Georgia
1990   Dee Dee Foster, Alabama
2001   Onnie Willis, UCLA Co-Champion
2005  Tasha Schwikert, UCLA
2008  Tasha Schwikert, UCLA
2012   Kytra Hunter, Florida
2015   Kytra Hunter, Florida Co-Champion

NCAA Vault Champions

1989   Kim Hamilton, UCLA
2003   Ashley Miles, Alabama
2004   Ashley Miles, Alabama
2006   Ashley Miles, Alabama
2012   Kytra Hunter, Florida
2013   Diandra Milliner, Alabama Co-Champion
2015   Elizabeth Price, Stanford

2016   Katie Bailey, Alabama
2017   Kennedi Edney, LSU

NCAA Uneven Bars Champions

1993    Agina Simpkins, Georgia
1996   Stephanie Woods, Alabama
2002   Andreé Pickens, Alabama
2008   Tasha Schwikert, UCLA
2017    Katie Bailey, Alabama

NCAA Balance Beam Champions

1999   Andreé Pickens, Alabama Co-Champion
2007   Ashley Postell, Utah
2016   Danusia Francis, UCLA

NCAA Floor Exercise Champions

1987   Kim Hamilton, UCLA
1988   Kim Hamilton, UCLA
1989   Kim Hamilton, UCLA Co-Champion
1989   Corinne Wright, Georgia Co-Champion
1995   Stella Umeh, UCLA Co- Champion
1997   Leah Brown, Georgia
1998   Stella Umeh, UCLA Co-Champion
2004   Ashley Miles, Alabama Co-Champion
2007   Morgan Dennis, Alabama
2015   Kytra Hunter, Florida
2016   Nina McGee, Denver


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