NORTHFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) — The Girls State Gymnastics Championships are this weekend at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, and one of the defending state champions is a multi-sport state champion.
Mike Max paid a visit to Northfield to find out more about Bailey DuPay.
She loves performing in gymnastics and is the defending state all-around champion.
“I enjoy performing for the crowd because for me it’s not fun unless the crowd is enjoying watching what you’re doing,” DuPay said.
And she loves the diving competition, where she’s a three-time state champion.
“It’s not really about the people who are watching me. It’s more about the experiences that I make with the people on the team,” DuPay said.
This storied career has produced 11 state titles between individual and team accomplishments, and a need for a bigger letter jacket.
One arm features team MVP awards, while another features plenty of state champion badges and all-state honors.
This weekend she hopes to add some more bars to that jacket, but it also signifies the end is coming for what has been a storied high school career. That’s not just because of athletics, but because of friends.
“I feel like when I come back in the years to come, I’m going to remember walking down the hallways with these friends and just all the memories that we made,” DuPay said.
That’s what it’s supposed to be about: Compete hard and leave with a heavy heart because you had the time of your life.
“I’m definitely going to miss all the friends I made on the team. And even my coaches and my family, it’s sad to leave it all behind,” DuPay said. “But I’ve had a fun time.”
DuPay said she’ll attend Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the fall and will be on the diving team. She’ll focus on that and be done with gymnastics.