WESTFIELD, NJ — She is one the few gymnasts to perform a dismount off of a bar that includes a back flip and full 360 degree twist.

A 16-year-old junior at Westfield High School, Allison Fernandez is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week. Fernandez competes in bars, vault, beam and floor. But she really stands out when she performs the “back full off bars.”

“You come off the bar and you basically do a back flip with a full twist — a 360 degree twist — in the air,” Fernandez said.

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Last Thursday, Fernandez performed well in three out of four events, she said. Her team heads into a countywide competition this Friday, something Fernandez is looking forward to.

“The team atmosphere is so wonderful,” she said. “The girls are all really nice, and they help me work through my mental blocks. We all cheer for each other.”

He favorite event, Fernandez said, is floor. “I really like being able to express myself through dance and doing a lot of the tumbling.”

Fernandez has been competing in gymnastics since she was in first grade. She also plays varsity softball at Westfield High School and intends to pursue a college major in chemistry.

Fernandez has seen her gymnastics skills improve over the years, something she attributes to good coaching.

Amanda Diaz, head varsity gymnastics coach at Westfield High School, described Fernandez as a strong competitor all around.

“She is always prepared to perform her best and is a leader for the team,” Diaz said. “She works hard at practice, which shows when it is time for competition. Allison has competed all-around in almost every meet this season and has been a top competitor for Westfield these past two years.”

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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