2014 Team Kentucky Artistic Gymnastics

Coach

Mary Fehrenbach Mary Fehrenbach of Lexington will be making her third trip to the National Games as the Team Kentucky gymnastics coach. Fehrenbach, the 2011 Special Olympics North America Coach of the Year, has been the Team Kentucky coach at each of the previous USA National Games and her teams have won 27 medals in those Games. She has also served as the head gymnastics coach for Team USA at a number of Special Olympics World Games events and produced similar results. Having coached in both Virginia and Kentucky, she has been a Special Olympics coach for 21 years. In addition to the 2006 & 2010 National Games, Fehrenbach is a veteran of the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, where she also served as a Gymnastics coach. In addition to Gymnastics, Fehrenbach coaches two Special Olympics Cheerleading squads. Her work with the Legacy Showcats in Lexington has helped pave the way for special needs cheerleading programs throughout the United States.

Athletes

Danielle Blakeney Danielle Blakeney, 22, of Erlanger will compete in artistic gymnastics at the Games. She is a veteran of higher level Special Olympics competition, having been part of Team Kentucky for the 2010 USA National Games and Team USA at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. She dominated her division in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2010 Games, winning the all-around competition among her four Gold Medals and one Silver. In Athens, Blakeney again won the all-around, this time amassing three Golds with one Silver and one Bronze. She is in just her second year competing in artistic gymnastics after years of rhythmic gymnastics competition. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 15 years and also has competed in track and field. She was named the Special Olympics Kentucky Co-Athlete of the Year for 2010.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: Four Gold and one Silver Medal at the 2010 USA Games. Three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal at the 2011 World Games. Five Gold Medals each in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics and the team Golds at the 2012 USA Gymnastics Association/SONA International Championship. Five Gold Medals in rhythmic and three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Medal in artistic gymnastics and team Golds at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Association/SONA International Championship.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: It has made me stronger and proud of myself and taught me setting goals does work. And I have made good friends everywhere.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: It makes me proud. My teammates say they look up to me and that’s cool. It means I have to work hard so I do not let anyone down that believes in me. That is very important to me.

 

Lee Dockins

Lee Dockins, 26, of Russellville will compete in artistic gymnastics at the Games. She is a veteran of Special Olympics National and World Games competition. She was part of Team Kentucky for the first USA National Games in 2006, winning five medals with one Gold. She has also competed in the 2007 World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, and  the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. In China, Dockins won three medals with two Golds. In Athens, she won three Golds among her five medals, including taking the Gold in the all-around competition. She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 17 years and participated in gymnastics at some level for 21. In addition to artistic gymnastics, Dockins, who was named Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete of the Year in 2007, competes in rhythmic gymnastics, cheerleading and bowling. She works at Logan County High School and Logan County Gymnastics.

What are your biggest accomplishments?: Competing as part of Team USA at the World Games in 2007 and 2011.
How has Special Olympics changed your life?: It has allowed me to travel to China and Greece, meet lots of new people and Special Olympics has taught me to work very hard. Special Olympics helps me to be brave and strong.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I love representing the state of Kentucky. It feels great to be on Team Kentucky. Attending USA Games makes me happy and excited. I am SO thrilled and I can’t wait to compete.

Oana Warren Oana Warren, 22, of Versailles was added to Team Kentucky’s artistic gymnastics delegation on February 25. While she will be a newcomer to Special Olympics USA Games competition, she is no stranger to national-level events. Her Legacy Showcats cheerleading squad has claimed national championships in the special needs devision at the last two Cheersport National Championships.

She has been a Special Olympics athlete for 10 years and has competed in cheerleading and gymnastics in Kentucky. Prior to moving to Kentucky, she competed in golf as a Special Olympics Virginia athlete. She was named the 2011 Special Olympics Kentucky Athlete of the Year. In addition to competing, Warren has also been a consistent fundraiser for Special Olympics Kentucky and was twice named Queen of the Lexington Polar Plunge as the event’s top female fundraiser.What are your biggest accomplishments?: National championship at Cheersport.
What does Special Olympics and competing in the USA Games mean to you?: I am excited and to go to New Jersey and represent the State of Kentucky. I can’t wait to meet new friends.

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