Toni-Ann Williams

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Toni-Ann Williams
Full nameToni-Ann Natasha Williams
Country representedFlag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
Born (1995-11-20) November 20, 1995 (age 23)
Randallstown, Maryland, U.S.
Residence Berkeley, California, U.S.
Height1.54 m (5 ft 1 in)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
LevelCollege (2015-2018)
Years on national team2010-2016
ClubUnited Gymnastix
College team California Golden Bears
(Class of 2018)
Head coach(es)Justin Howell
Assistant coach(es)Lisa Howell
RetiredMay 30, 2018

Toni-Ann Natasha Williams (born November 20, 1995) is a Jamaican American artistic gymnast that competed in college gymnastics for the Cal Bears women's gymnastics team. [1] She has also been a member of the Jamaican national gymnastics team since 2010. She is the first Jamaican gymnast to compete in the olympics as of 2016.. [2]

California Golden Bears intercollegiate sports teams of the University of California, Berkeley

The California Golden Bears are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Berkeley. Referred to in athletic competition as California or Cal, the university fields 30 varsity athletic programs and various club teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I primarily as a member of the Pac-12 Conference, and for a limited number of sports as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Over the course of the school's history, California has won team national titles in 13 men's and 3 women's sports and 107 team titles overall. Cal athletes have also competed in the Olympics for a host of different countries. Notable facilities used by the Bears include California Memorial Stadium (football) and Haas Pavilion. Cal finished the 2010–11 athletic season with 1,219.50 points, earning third place in the Director's Cup standings, the Golden Bears' highest finish ever. Cal did not receive any points for its national championships in rugby and men's crew because those sports are not governed by the NCAA. Cal finished 12th in the 2014-15 standings.


Personal life

Williams was born in Maryland on November 20, 1995 to parents, Tony and Marlene Williams. As her parents are both from Jamaica, Williams is eligible to compete for that country in FIG international competitions. Through her mother, Williams is a niece of Jamaican politician Anthony Hylton. [3]

Anthony Hylton Jamaican politician

George Anthony Hylton is a Jamaican politician who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2007.

She grew up in Randallstown, Maryland, attended Greenspring Montessori School for eleven years, and graduated from Roland Park Country School in 2014. She is currently attending University of California, Berkeley and is a member of the Golden Bears gymnastics team.

Randallstown, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Randallstown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. It is named after Christopher and Thomas Randall, two 18th-century tavern-keepers. At that time, Randallstown was a tollgate crossroads on the Liberty Turnpike, a major east–west thoroughfare. Today it is a suburb of Baltimore, with a population of 32,430 as of the 2010 census. In the 1990s, Randallstown transitioned to a majority African American community, and is currently notable for its broad ethnic diversity.

Roland Park Country School Private, day, college-prep school in Baltimore, MD, United States

Roland Park Country School (RPCS) is an independent all-girls college preparatory school in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It serves girls from Kindergarten through Grade 12. It is located on Roland Avenue in the northern area of Baltimore called Roland Park. An August 2010 Baltimore Magazine article cites RPCS as the "best school for tomorrow’s leaders."

University of California, Berkeley Public university in California, USA

The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. It was founded in 1868 and serves as the flagship campus of the ten campuses of the University of California. Berkeley has since grown to instruct over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering numerous disciplines.

She has three sisters, Maya, Kristine and Zitafa. Her sister, Maya, is also a gymnast on the Jamaican National team. [4] [5]

Club career

Toni-Ann trained at United Gymnastix in Reisterstown, Maryland throughout her whole club career. [6] She moved up to Level 10 in 2009 and joined the Jamaican national gymnastics team in 2010.

Reisterstown, Maryland Census-designated place in Maryland, United States

Reisterstown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 25,968.

Level 10 is the highest level in the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympics Program. The level is open to women's artistic, men's artistic, trampoline, acrobatic and rhythmic gymnasts.

In 2011, she was State and Regional Champion and competed in her first international competition, the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan. [7]

2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

The 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in Tokyo, Japan, from October 7–16, 2011, at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Due to uncertainty over the nuclear situation following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, the International Federation of Gymnastics revealed it was considering moving the event, but on May 22 FIG president Bruno Grandi announced that the World Championships would take place in Tokyo as planned.

She was hoping to qualify to the 2012 Olympics but was unable because she didn't meet requirements at the 2011 Worlds. In 2012, she was again crowned State Champion.

Williams represented Jamaica at her second World Championships in 2013, in Antwerp, Belgium. [8]

In 2014, Toni-Ann was State Champion for the fourth time in her Level 10 career.

College career

Williams' first season in the NCAA was during the 2015 season for the California Bears.

2015 season: Freshman

Williams quickly became one of Cal's top gymnasts to ever compete in the program, even in her freshman season. On February 13, 2015, during a regular season meet against Oregon State, she broke the school record on vault, scoring a 9.975. [9]

During the regular season, she peaked at #1 nationally on floor on February 23, 2015 [10] and has reached as high as #5 nationally on vault (on March 2, 2015). [11] She qualified to the 2015 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships as an individual all-arounder. [12]

2016 Olympics bid

In February 2015, it was announced that she and British gymnast and UCLA gymnast, Danusia Francis, would participate at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships and try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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