Acrobatic Gymnastics Spotlight of the Month - Trisha LeVeque
posted on 10/29/2018

Trisha is an International Ranked Judge with a Brevet Class 3 Rating

How did you become involved in Acrobatic Gymnastics?
When I was 10 years old, the school I was attending offered an after school class, which happened to be Acrobatic Gymnastics. After a while, Tonya Case, who was coaching, invited me to be on her team at the time, CATS. I competed for a season or two, before taking a hiatus for a few years. I really missed Acro and the Acrobatics Team, CATS happened to be practicing down the street from my house, so, I stopped in and chatted with Tonya, and was able to join that year. That was 1995, and I have been involved ever since!

Why did you become a judge?
When I retired from competing and went off to finish College, I really missed Acrobatic Gymnastics, and competing. I again, chatted with Tonya about it, and I came in a few times, to perhaps see if I could work something out to where I could eventually compete again. There wasn't a good fit partnership at the time, so Tonya suggested another potential option for me to stay in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World. Her suggestion was judging, she thought it work with my schedule and that I would be good at it. So, I decided that judging would be a great fit for me, and the rest is history. I have been judging ever since the 1999-2000 season.

Do you have a mentor in Acrobatic Gymnastics?
Yes, I actually have two mentors. Tonya Case, who was the reason I started Acrobatic Gymnastics in the first place, both as an athlete and a judge. My second mentor, who also helped in developing my judging career is, Jola Jones.

Do you have judges from other Countries that you keep in contact with?
Yes, thankfully with social media I have been able to keep in communication with quite a few of my International judging friends.

As an International Judge, you have traveled all over the world, do you have a favorite spot?
So, far my favorite spot has been when I was able to judge both World Age Group and World Championships in France. It was near Paris, and I had always wanted to go there from the time, that I was little. It truly was a dream come true for me to be able to visit Paris.

Do you have another job besides being a judge?
At this moment in my life, I am blessed to be a stay at home mom to my very spunky 2 year old little girl.

What is the best thing about being an Acrobatic Judge?
The friendships that you make. The judging community, really does feel like my second family. It isn't only with other Acrobatic Judges, it is with everyone in the Acrobatic community, coaches, parents, and athletes.