Gymnasts prepare for Disney meet

Some of Cayman’s best young gymnastics talent was recently on display. 

Motions Unlimited gym hosted a mock meet last Friday. The event featured some 20 youngsters under the age of 16 performing a variety of routines from floor exercise and balance beam to rings and the pummel horse. A decent crowd of roughly 30 people turned out, mostly parents and well-wishers, to cheer on the kids and record the highlights from the event. 

The meet comes ahead of a pair of competitions this month. Cayman is sending a team to the Amateur Athletics Union Nationals taking place at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. That meet started on Thursday and is slated to wrap up this Sunday 3 July. From there Katie Scott and Lauren Hill, both 14 years-old, will represent Cayman for the first time ever at the Gymnastics Inter Island Games in Jersey 7-9 July. 

Coaching the team will be Motions gym instructor Heather Waisanen. One of the organizers of the mock meet, Waisanen feels the youngsters are ready to compete for Cayman. 

“I think the meet was a good opportunity for the athletes to perform in front of a crowd before the actual competitions,” Waisanen said. “Mock meets are important because family and friends do not always get to travel to competitions to see the athletes perform. Overall, they all did a great job. 

“Most of them are completing new routines for the first time. This will be the first ever AAU Nationals that our athletes have ever attended. I think we are the only international team competing in these nationals. For our two athletes Katie and Lauren, it’s a chance for them to be ready to represent the Cayman Islands for the first time in the Inter Island Games.” 

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Igor Magalhaes showed good form on the rings.

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