Webb Class of 2022 graduate and internationally-ranked tumbling competitor Tia Taylor was named 2022 Most Outstanding Female High School Athlete of the Year by the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame (GKSHF). Taylor and Most Outstanding Male High School Athlete of the Year recipient B.J. Edwards, a graduate of Knoxville Catholic and freshman on the University of Tennessee basketball team, were recognized at the 41st annual GKSHF Dinner and Induction ceremony, August 25, 2022, at the Knoxville Convention Center.
Since 1982, the GKSHF Dinner and Induction Ceremony has celebrated Knoxville sports with some of the area’s finest sports achievers. Each year, ten local individuals are inducted into the Hall of Fame for their achievements in athletics, coaching, sports administration, or officiating. Other honorees include Knoxville’s Most Outstanding Male and Female High School Athletes of the Year, the Chad Pennington Professional Athlete of the Year, the Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award, and other significant special recognition award recipients. Considered one of the most prestigious sports recognition ceremonies in the nation, the event also serves to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.
Taylor, who trains at Premier Athletics North under coach Eric Thomas, has medaled in tumbling and trampoline on both the national and world stage. A member of the United States national tumbling team for the past four years, Taylor is a seasoned competitor whose athletic resumé includes a fourth-place finish in tumbling in the youth division at the 2017 Winter Classic and Elite Challenge competitions, and later sixth place (tumbling, youth 13-14) at the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships. The following year, she went on to win gold in the junior division in tumbling and place fourth (L10 15+) in trampoline at Colorado Springs’ Elite Challenge and was selected to represent Team USA at the WAGS world championship in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2019, Taylor successfully defended her first place title at the Elite Challenge and took runner-up in tumbling at the USA Gymnastics Championships. That year also included opportunities to compete in the tumbling division at the City of Valladolid International Tournament in Spain and Tokyo’s World Age Group Competition, where she earned runner-up and fifth, respectively, in her age class.
Deciding to focus solely on tumbling, Taylor captured gold at the 2020 national VIP Classic in Indiana and came home with a bronze medal from the 2020 Baku World Cup in Azerbaijan. She returned to Azerbaijan for the 2021 World Championships where she advanced to the tumbling final and helped Team USA win the silver medal.
Taylor, recipient of Webb’s 2022 Joyce Hunter Award for outstanding female scholar-athlete and a freshman at University of Tennessee, most recently competed at the 2022 USA Gymnastics Championships in June and was selected to the Senior National Team for women’s tumbling.
Taylor is the latest to join a distinguished list of Webb student-athletes to be named GKSHF High School Athletes of the Year, including:
- Meredith Ayres ’06
- Glory Johnson ’08
- Faith Dupree ’09
- Dwight Tarwater ’10
- Parker Wormsley ’11
- Marjorie Butler ’12
- Caleb Blance ’12
- Anna Catharine Feaster ’14
- Todd Kelly Jr. ’14
- Katie Collier ’15
- Nicklin Hames ’18
- Casey Collier ’19