Cayman gymnasts storm Jamaica

Local gymnasts excelled in Jamaica this month.

Motions Unlimited Gymnastics Studio sent boys and girls teams to the 15th Gym Star Invitational in Kingston, Jamaica. The competition took place at Ishimoto’s School of Gymnastics in St. Andrew and saw Cayman land numerous podium spots.

Motions coach Heather Waisanen spoke about the performances of the youngsters.

“Overall, the competition was a great success with almost every athlete placing first in one event,” Waisanen said. “We had three athletes competing for the very first time: Jakub Neveril for the boys team and Camerin Porter and Jaiden Gilbert for the girls team. The coaches are very proud of all the athletes for their hard work, they had a great performance in Jamaica.”

Cayman boasted nine girls. Sami Peene and Giselle Ebanks were on the level five team. Fiona Cockhill, Kaylee Mellaneo, Kylie Porter, Leah Alberga, Berkley Ponce took part on the level four team with Camerin Porter and Jaiden Gilbert on level three. There were five boys as Roger Cockill and Jakub Neveril were level four and Christopher Touhey, Igor Magalhaes and Kiefer Ebanks competed at level five.

All competed over two days in a meet that caters to participants at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Among the events on display were the uneven bars, balance beam and vault.

Usually attracting over 170 participants and 30 regional gymnasts, the Gym Star Invitational is designed to grow the sport’s appeal in Jamaica. The competition is sanctioned by the Jamaica Amateur Gymnastics Association.

Waisanen states from here the plan is to train for another meet this Fall.

“Some of the athletes and coaches will be going to gymnastics camps outside of Cayman this summer. The next competition will be in October so the next few months will be spent training next level skills.”