Payton Scott Springer was born on April 17, 2002 in Thousand Oaks, California. She is the oldest of four children, with three younger brothers. Payton is an honors student at Thousand Oaks High School, Class of 2020, where she was named a scholar athlete, and a first team all league team member of the League Champion Varsity STUNT team. Her current GPA is a 4.15.
Her parents, Seth and Joy Springer, enrolled her in gymnastics at a very young age because as a toddler, she loved to climb and hang on anything and everything. She fell in love with the sport immediately, and has been a member of the Monarchs Gymnastics family since age two, currently competing as a level 10 gymnast for her club. When Payton has time outside of the gym and school, she loves to surf at the beach, paddle board in Lake Tahoe and spend time with friends and family. She is also passionate about children with special needs, serving as a volunteer coach during targeted gymnastics courses.
Payton’s competitive career began in the fall of 2009 as a level four gymnast. She placed in the top fifteen at the State Championships, moving to level five in 2010. She qualified for the state meet for levels five and six as well, moving up one level each year, until she advanced to the optional track (level 7) in 2013. Again she advanced to the state meet, placing in the top fifteen in her age group. Payton moved up to level eight in 2014. She competed at the State and Regional Championships, earning a third place finish at the Lady Luck Meet, and a regional medal for vault that year. Next, Payton began competing level nine in 2015. She finished second all-around at the Palm Springs Cup (2015), third on floor at the Team OC Classic (2016) and San Diego Classic (2016), second on floor at the Crystal Cup (2016), second on vault at the Charleston Cup, Gliders Invitational and Team OC Classic (2017) and second on floor at the Gliders Invitational (2017). During the 2017 season, she earned personal best scores of 9.45 on beam, 9.45 on vault and 9.35 on floor. Payton advanced to the highly competitive Region One meet during all three of her level 9 seasons, earning medals in vault, beam and floor, with top fifteen finishes in 2015 and 2016, and a personal best all around score in 2017. In 2018, she met her life-long goal of competing all 4 events as a level 10 athlete. While the season had a few unexpected injuries, she was still able to qualify for the Region One meet as a vault specialist, earning her highest score of the season at that meet.
Payton is currently training 20 hours each week at Monarchs Gymnastics in Newbury Park, CA under coaches Yelena Urusova and Vadym Krasnenko. She is very excited to head in to her second season, with her injuries healed and her focus on new skills. Her long-term goal is to become part of a college gymnastics team, where she plans to study to become a special education teacher or pediatric occupational therapist.
Payton Scott Springer
Head Coach Yelena Urusova