Sometimes small is big.

Take Columbus’ 12-year-old Emily Moore, for instance.

At 4-foot-3 and about 65 pounds, she acknowledges that she is considered tiny — perfect, she feels, for pursuits such as the balance beam, flips amid floor exercises and the like.

So she’s a sizable presence in competitive gymnastics, where she won the club state title last year in the 11-year-old division.

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“I always could do this (sport), right from the beginning,” she said with a simple shrug of her shoulders.

No bragging. Just stating simple facts that coach Gary Stam will quickly verify. She began working out in 2009 at Columbus’ Victory Gymnastics for a fun and healthy outlet. Mother Marni Moore is a former gymnast and father Vince Moore serves as a coach at Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in Columbus.

» Briefly describe your daily/weekly workout routine

Practices Monday through Thursday for three-and-a-half hours each and four hours on Saturday at Victory Gymnastics.

» What inspired you to begin a regular fitness routine?

I tried soccer but was no good. Then my mom got me into gymnastics.

She probably originally wanted me to try it because she had done it. My brother Ryan did gymnastics for two years.

» Why is it something you have stuck with?

I love it. And, well, if I quit, I’d probably end up being fat.

About Emily Moore

Age: 12.

City: Columbus.

School: Sixth-grader at St. Bartholomew Catholic School.

Family: Parents Vince and Marni Moore. Brother Ryan, 14.

Where you work out: Columbus’ Victory Gymnastics.

Hours per week: 18.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.