Girls stretch for Disney touch

A team of 11 gymnasts from Motions Unlimited posted strong scores for the Cayman Islands at the Presidential Classic at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. 

The girls competed with about 2,000 gymnasts this month from across the United States and Canada, as well as other Central American and Caribbean countries including Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Venezuela. 

Coach Kelley Paz commented, “The girls performed to a high standard against their international competitors who are gearing up for state and national level competitions over the Spring season.” 

Morgan Lloyd, 13, took 12th place in her age group with a score that qualifies her to represent the Cayman Islands at the upcoming NatWest Island Games that will take place in Bermuda in July.  

Sami Peene and Raegan Rutty, both age 11, took ninth and 11th place in their age group against some very tough competition at the optional level. Sami and Raegan are too young to qualify for the Island Games this year, but have their hopes set on qualifying for the next Games in Jersey in 2015. 

The level three team, made up of six and seven-year-olds, brought in the highest scores for Cayman and took second place in the team competition. Camerin Porter, 6, took silver in the all-around, with a silver on floor and bronze on bars.  

Team-mate Emmi Daykin won gold on beam, placing fourth all-around. Jaiden Gilbert took home two bronze medals with a sixth place overall, followed closely by team-mate Gabriella Royston in seventh. 

A fourth place finish went to the level four team, made up of eight and nine-year-olds. Team-mates Berkley Ponce, Kylie Porter, Kaylee Mellaneo and Leah Alberga all placed in the top 12. 

The Presidential Classic will be the last meet with Motions for Coach Heather Waisanen, who will be returning home to Florida in a few weeks. Coach Heather notes, “It was great to close my career with a strong performance at this meet. I have been working with these girls for the last four years and it has been very rewarding to watch them progress to the high standards that they have achieved.” 

Alison Gansebom joined the Motions coaching staff last month to replace Coach Heather, bringing years of experience coaching both boys and girls teams from Pacific Coast Gymnastics in San Marcos, California. 

The level seven optional team will be back in Florida to compete at the Gasparilla Classic in Tampa on 2 March. 

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