Motions showcases kids jumping for joy

This Friday offers a great time as kids jump start the holiday spirit.

Young gymnasts

Young gymnasts leap into action on Friday. Photo: Submitted

Local gymnastics sees its next big event in the form of the 2009 Holiday Showcase at Motions Unlimited gymnastics studio on Sparky Drive off North Sound Road.

All of the action gets under way 6-9pm with a CI$10 admission fee in effect.

A door prize is slated to be on offer for all attendees. A $5 raffle ticket will also be on sale on the night.

That raffle ticket offers a chance to win prizes such as Stingray City excursions, Balaclava jewellery, Kirk Freeport gift certificates, restaurant giveaways and Cayman Airways roundtrip airline tickets to Miami.

Some 20 youngsters are expected to compete with most of them being young girls under 18 years-old.

Among the various disciplines the youngsters are set to showcase are the bars, beam, floor and vault routines.

The event marks the first time a team of young male gymnasts will be competing.

In particular they will be showing their skills in additional disciplines including the parallel bars, rings, high bar and pommel horse events.

Overseeing the kids and the event will be local coach Kelley Paz. She talked about the preparation going into Friday’s event.

‘We have 15 team girls performing and four boys. Our boys’ team is brand new and they have yet to compete in any outside competitions.

‘With the help of coaches Heather Waisanen, Sorin Rad, Sarah McTaggart, Natalie Marriot and owner Sandra Alberga our kids have been in continuous training. We have also implemented a new conditioning and flexibility program.

‘The girls as a team are aiming to be able to do eight or more pull-ups on the bars. Our record right now is 17. They are really working very hard on getting all of their splits down on the floor as well.’

After the various exercises in the competition the gym is slated to be open for use by the public to complete the ‘family fun night.’

News of the impending local meet comes after a team of local girls took part in the Fright Invite gymnastics competition in Coral Springs, Florida.

In that event the 13 member team came in second overall in two out of three age-based levels.

Friday’s meet marks the last time local youngsters will compete before going to their next international competition.

That is slated to be the Gasparilla Classic at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Florida in late February.

As Paz states proceeds from the event towards coaching fees and the team’s travel expenses.

‘After the showcase we will have a bit of a break for the holiday. We will still be having a few practices with the girls that are staying on the island during December. We will all be back here and ready to go in early January.

‘Our new winter schedule will start January 4 and we are now taking early registration for our recreational programs. Our training will focus on the Gasparilla Classic.

‘It is a huge competition and the girls and boys are really excited. We are hoping that the Holiday Showcase will raise a significant amount of money to supplement the coaches’ travel expenses.’