ELNORA — North Daviess junior Madi Webster arrived at North Daviess early Tuesday afternoon with her mom and gymnastics coach, hoping to get back in the classroom, but what she got instead left her speechless.
Webster had just returned from Sophia, Bulgaria after winning a gold medal in the Double Mini Trampoline event and an eighth place finish in the Trampoline event for the 15-16 age group as part of the World Age Group Competition.
Webster arrived at the school gym to thunderous applause from the staff and entire student body. After Webster’s gymnastics coach at Tumbling Express, Crissy LaFollette, said a few words, the microphone was handed over to Webster, but she couldn’t find the words.
“I’m speechless,” Webster said.
Madi began doing gymnastics on a daily basis at age seven, and over the past nine years her skills have evolved to the level of a world-class talent on the trampoline. Madi’s mother, Christina Webster, said her daughter is one of a kind in that she is always setting goals and writing them down. Her mom said she is lucky to be able to see the humble, selfless attitude that has allowed her to have so much success at such a young age.
“She’s just really focused,” Christina Webster said. “When she was little she was always bouncing around, so we put her in gymnastics, but we had to take her out for a while, because she was only four years old. We put her back in at seven and she has just loved it. I asked her if it’s something she wanted to do and she was bouncing off the walls and climbing everything. It’s just something she is meant to do, I think. She picked up on things naturally and would just flip and people would show her one time how to do something and she could just do it.”