Danusia Francis

Born and raised in Kenilworth in the UK, Danusia’s mum is Polish and dad is Jamaican. Her gymnastics career began at the age of five as an after-school hobby. At the age of nine, Danusia moved 100 miles away from her family fulfilling a gymnastics scholarship at a boarding school, to chase her Olympic dreams, at Heathrow Gymnastics Club.

Danusia won her first British Championships at nine years old and placed in the top six at every British Championships until the age of 18. She represented Great Britain at many competitions including three Youth Olympics, two European Championships and the World Championships in 2011 where she qualified for the 2012 Olympics. 

In 2012 she was awarded a gymnastics scholarship to the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, she evolved into the best version of herself and the best gymnast she could be. The rules in the NCAA system, as well as the UCLA culture and team environment allowed her to flourish both on and off the competition floor. She finished her UCLA career as the NCAA balance beam champion and graduated with a degree in English. At UCLA it was not possible to continue competing for Great Britain (attending national squads and trials while based in LA), so after exploring her options she joined Team Jamaica.

Unfortunately, Danusia narrowly missed out on fulfilling her Olympic dream twice. In 2012 she was a reserve for the Great Britain team, and in 2016, after qualifying for the test event, another Jamaican athlete was selected to go. However, after a year and a half out of the sport she decided to give it one last shot. At the 2019 World Championships, Danusia made her dream come true by qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics!

Gymnastics has been the biggest part of her life story so far. Outside of training and competing, Danusia can most likely be found visiting gym clubs, working as a stunt woman, choreographing, traveling, baking, getting a massage, online shopping and spending time with her fiancé.

Career Highlights:

  • 2019 World Championships: Tokyo Olympics Qualifier 
  • 2019 Pan American Games: AA & Balance Beam Finalist (Jamaica's first ever gymnastics finalist)
  • 2018 World Championships
  • 2016 NCAA Balance Beam Co-Champion (pictured)
  • Scored two perfect 10s on beam (3/6/16 and 3/16/14)
  • Six-time All-American
  • 2015 World Championships: qualifying Jamaica's first ever spot at the Olympic Test Event
  • 2014 became the first gymnast to do a Sideways Side Aerial to a Layout Full Dismount 
  • 2013 World University Games: Floor Finalist
  • 2012 Great Britain Olympic Team Reserve
  • 2012 European Championships: Team 4th
  • 2011 World Championships: helping to secure a team spot in the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain
  • 2011 European Championships: AA Finalist
  • 2010, 2011 British Championships: Balance Beam Champion