9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

6-Year-Old St. Croix Native Wins USA Gymnastics Level 3 Maryland State Championship

Featured / News / Sports / Top Stories / Virgin Islands / April 4, 2019

Malia Grigsby, a 6-year-old native of St. Croix on Sunday won the USA Gymnastics Level 3 Maryland State Championship, turning a passion into a possible career while bringing abounding pride and joy to her parents, Kenya Newton-Grigsby and Marcellous Grigsby.

Malia won after scoring a total of 37.275 out of 40.000 possible points. She placed 1st overall within her age group of 19 other girls and won the gold medal and the title of Maryland State Champion for her age bracket.

“It was surreal, I was extremely proud of her,” said Mrs. Grigsby, recalling the moment her daughter won the championship. “There’s no gymnastics on St. Croix, so she had to work really, really hard when she came up here.”

Malia started showing interest in gymnastics at the tender age of two. Her mother and father took notice of their daughter’s talent and enrolled her in the St. Croix Caribbean Dance School from age 2 until she turned 5.

The family made an important decision in 2017 that would change the course of their lives. Mrs. Grigsby had gotten pregnant around the time the Zika virus outbreak was greatly impacting the territory. The Department of Health even confirmed that a baby was born with the virus in May 2017. Fearing for the safety of their unborn child, Mrs. Grigsby, her husband and Malia moved to Maryland.

For Malia, though the environment she knew all her life had changed, her passion did not. Once in Maryland, she joined a recreational gymnastics class. The program’s leaders immediately recognized her talent and asked Mrs. Grigsby and her husband whether they were interested in having Malia join the program’s USA Gymnastics Level 3 competitive team. Malia tried out and made the team.

“She would practice for up to 12 hours a week, which we found to be a bit much for a then-5-year-old kindergartner, but she loved and enjoyed every minute of it,” Mrs. Grigsby said. “She looked forward to practice and would come home eager to show us what she learned.”

During her first competition at age 6, Malia won bronze with a score of 31.900 overall out of 40.000 possible points, but she was disappointed that she didn’t win gold, Ms. Grigsby said. Determined, Malia continued to practice and her skills and scores got better with every meet that she competed in, but the youngster would not relent, or find satisfaction in any other placement but 1st.

On March 31, Malia participated in the biggest competition of her age bracket, the USA Gymnastics Level 3 Maryland State Championships, and brought home not bronze or silver, but gold, to become the Maryland State Champion, a title she was so eager to win.

“As her parents we are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication that she displays at such a young age,” Mrs. Grigsby said. “With that kind of ambition and drive, we know that her future will be bright and she will succeed at anything she puts her young mind to.”

Tags: , , ,

Ernice Gilbert
I wear many hats, I suppose, but the one which fits me best would be journalism, second to that would be radio personality, thirdly singer/songwriter and down the line. I've been the Editor-In-Chief at my videogames website, Gamesthirst, for over 5 years, writing over 7,000 articles and more than 2 million words. I'm also very passionate about where I live, the United States Virgin Islands, and I'm intent on making it a better place by being resourceful and keeping our leaders honest. VI Consortium was birthed out of said desire, hopefully my efforts bear fruit. Reach me at [email protected]

Previous Post

Bryan Heads To Seatrade In Florida, Then Washington To Lobby For Medicare Funding, Permanent Housing

Next Post

Territory's Cashflow Problem Also Cause Of Slow Disaster Recovery, Officials Say

Leave a Reply

More Story

Bryan Heads To Seatrade In Florida, Then Washington To Lobby For Medicare Funding, Permanent Housing

Governor Albert Bryan will leave the territory on Friday and travel to Miami, Florida to participate in Seatrade, the three-day...

April 4, 2019