Riley Simmonds - United Kingdom Nomination & Photography by Jody Simmons Issue 55 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Riley is a 13-year-old Level 5 Elite Gymnast / Brand Ambassador from the United Kingdom. He has appeared on Gym Stars, Season 1, Episode 9 "Trying Out" aired 26 June 2018. He was also featured as a 'Next Gen Role Model' in 2021. He is an ambassador for several brands on his social media and has represented and modeled for Nike on the Sports Direct UK website. Riley's passion is Gymnastics. He was level Underage Southwest Champion, Elite Level 1 Southwest Champion, Elite Level 2 Southwest Champion, 1st place Southwest Festival in 2018 and 2019. He was also 17th overall in Elite Level 1 at the National Competition in 2018, and 11th place in Elite Level 2 at the National Competition in 2019. But, off the gridiron, Riley is a pretty normal kid, who loves music, hanging out with friends and getting involved in charity works and advocacies.
What should we know about you? I'm a elite level 5 gymnast, I've been training since I was 4 years old. I compete at regional and national level. My favourite piece of apparatus is the high bar. I love to motivate and inspire others using my Instagram and I also love to help raise awareness for certain subjects. I've a facial birthmark which I get bullied about, but I use that to show others nobody is perfect
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I have raised money for charities. I have shown real life on Instagram
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Gymnastics would be my first choice; I just love it. It’s my passion and my dream to compete at an international level for team Great Britain. My second choice would be anti-bullying, I have a big spot in my heart to help raise awareness about bullying. I want to help people understand that bullying isn't just a little problem, its huge and people end up taking their life because of it. Look for Riley in issue 55 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!