North Jersey’s Olympic hopeful goes global

A talented teenage gymnast with North Jersey roots goes global as an Olympic hopeful representing Barbados with her entry into two elite competitions.

Olivia Kelly, 16, of Mahwah, will soon be competing at the 2022 Pan American Masters Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the 2022 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Liverpool, England.

The Bronx native – who moved to the Garden State with her family to train with former U.S. national team member Ashley Umberger in Boonton – is competing in hopes of advancing to the Olympic trials in Paris in 2024.

Kelly has dual citizenship in Barbados from her paternal grandfather, Tony Hinds.

“Olivia is a remarkable young woman and a very talented athlete,” said Umberger, owner and national team head coach at North Stars Gymnastics Academy. “She will leave her mark on the international stage and make Barbados, the Bronx and New Jersey proud.”

Kelly recently earned a first place all-around at the 2022 Jamaica Gymnastics Classic, as well as a bronze medal on balance beam at the USA Women’s Development Program Tier 10 Nationals in Mesa, Arizona. .

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