TULSA, Okla. - They call it the Dream Meet. More than 600 gymnasts from across the state are competing at the Cox Business Center this weekend dreaming big.
“I want to go to the Olympics and go to UCLA or OU,” Zi’Asia Zachary said.
Zi'asia has been competing in gymnastics for two years now. For her, the sport is her life.
Heaven forbid she misses a day, or she'll probably be very angry,” her mother Antoenete Zachary said.
It's where Zi’Asia goes to get away.
“If I'm having like a rough day I’ll go to practice and my friends they'll help me just forget about all the hard times,” Zi’Asia said.
The girl you see full of life competing was diagnosed with fibromyalgia just six months ago. A disorder that causes her nearly constant pain.
“It’s been really difficult. A lot of pain. She can’t go to regular schools anymore if she wants to do gymnastics. She has to do home school so there’s not so much impact on her legs and everything. She’s on a lot of medications to keep her just day-to-day.”
But Zi'Asia doesn't let fibromyalgia stop her from competing or keep away from her passion.
“She’s a really tough kid. She’s in practice crying but she’s going to make it through because refuses to give up,” Antoenete said.
“I realized that God gives his hardest soldiers the hardest battles,” Zi’Asia said.
Zi'Asia's drive and ambition are inspirational, and there’s no surprise she's dreaming big at the Dream Meet.
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