The daughter of former national football goalkeeper Shaka Hislop is making a name for herself in gymnastics in the United States, and she's doing it in a big way.
Last Saturday the University of North Carolina gymnast Khazia Hislop, won a conference championship.
Hislop, a sophomore, won the floor exercise at the Eastern Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) meet at Towon University, scoring a career-high 9.950.
On April 7th she will compete on the floor, vault and balance beam at the NCAA Southeast Regional championships at North Carolina State University.
Hislop moved from Texas to Concord with her family in 2011, right before she entered the sixth grade.
Born in London, England, she has citizenship in the United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.
Hislop competed internationally for Trinidad and Tobago a few times before she underwent elbow surgery when she was a sophomore.
As a freshman, Hislop was the EAGL’s Rookie of the Year.
She also earned first-team all-conference honors on the floor and second-team honors on beam.
The college season is 12 weeks long, with meets every week, while the club season runs through the fall and winter, with a meet every two or three weeks.
Her best event, the floor, is also her favorite because of the energy she gets from her team’s encouragement.
Hislop qualified for the NCAA regional meet as an individual. She hopes to build o her success of this season and keep getting better in her remaining two years in Chapel Hill.
“I want to have fun with the team and get higher scores,” she said.