Lexington gymnast proves age is just a number


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – About a month ago, a Lexington gymnast returned home from Abu Dhabi after competing in the Special Olympics World Games.

Tonya Cornett was 25 when she started gymnastics and now, at age 48 she’s competing against the best in the world.

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Over the summer, Tonya competed in the USA games and qualified to be on the national team.

In March, she traveled to her second world games and this year it was in Abu Dhabi.

Tonya competes with an intellectual disability.

She’s the oldest one on her team and the oldest competing in artistic gymnastics.

“I wanted to do it so much, and I wanted to represent my country, represent everyone, and do my best,” said Tonya Cornett.

In gymnastics, there was just under 400 athletes competing.

Tonya competed in beam, bars, vault, and floor.

She took home silver in beam and floor and took bronze in bars, vault, and all around.

“She’s overcome challenges and is able to get out there and prove to people that people with intellectual disabilities can do things, they just need to be given a chance,” said Mary Fehrenbach, Head Coach.

Tonya says this is not the end for her and she will continue to do gymnastics for as long as she can.