Kids stretch for gold in Carolina

Local gymnasts showed their moves in South Carolina.

Motions Unlimited Gym sent four squads of local children to the Crown of the Carolinas event in Rock Hill. All would produce top 10 finishes.

Motions instructor Heather Waisanen states the youngsters should be commended for their efforts.

“Since most of the athletes were completing a new level, I think they did a great job,” Waisanen said. “Every competition, whether the kids win or not, is always a learning experience.”

Cayman fielded three girls teams. The Level Three squad of Camerin Porter, Jaiden Gilbert, Gabriella Royston and Emmi Daykin finished in second place with Porter taking first place on balance beam and second overall. Gilbert took second place on the bars.

The Level Four side of Berkley Ponce, Leah Alberga and Kylie Porter came seventh with Ponce finishing first on vault and second on the all around. The Level Seven unit of Reagan Rutty, Sami Peene, Morgan Lloyd and Haley Willkom competed as a team at that stage for the first time. All excelled on vault, with Peene placing first, Willkom taking third with Rutty and Lloyd finishing fourth.

For the boys, there was one squad consisting of Mikah’il Grant, Igor Magalhaes, Kiefer Ebanks, Roger Cockhill, Jakub Neveril, Karthik Adapa and Nikko Ponce. They represented levels four, five and six. Some competed for the first time yet they produced a second place overall finish for level four.

Waisanen states the young men have shown progress under coach Sorin Rad.

“The boys team remains strong, both at competitions and during training.”

News of the tournament comes ahead of a local competition this week. Motions will host a mock meet on Friday, 14 December, at its premises on Sparky Drive in George Town. Planned for 5-7.30pm, the event will showcase young talent.

Waisanen states the meet is about highlighting local participants.

“The mock meet this Friday will be a great chance for the athletes to compete in front of a crowd and also boost their confidence since they’re at home on their own equipment.

“I expect a great performance from everyone. All are welcome to come out and watch some of Cayman’s gymnastics talent.”

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