Motions claim Carolina gold

Cayman gymnasts representing Motions Unlimited kicked off their season with a bang in South Carolina. 

Seven local competitors returned from the Crown of the Carolinas meet in the city of Rock Hill with eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals. This very strong showing, by both boys and girls, at the first competition of the season has set a tone of confidence for the whole team. 

Senior gymnasts Morgan Lloyd and Raegan Rutty set the pace, with each of them taking gold all-around in their respective age groups. Lloyd, who represented the Cayman Islands in this summer’s Island Games in Bermuda, also took home gold on bars. Younger teammate Rutty won silver on beam and continues to show real promise for the future of the Cayman team. 

The boys, coached by Alison Gansebom, followed suit with equally impressive results. Sebastian Adapa took the all-around gold medal in his age group and placed first on floor, pommel horse and high bar, second on parallel bars and third on rings. Jakub Neveril, who is only six, took bronze all-around, placing first on rings and third on pommel horse. 

On Saturday, the seven- and eight year-old Level 3 girls displayed new skills and routines for the first time. The dream team of Jaiden Gilbert, Gabriella Royston and Emmi Daykin demonstrated that they too will be a force to be reckoned with this season.  

Head Coach Kelley Paz said, “The gymnasts have really stepped up their training and it shows. We’re looking forward to a successful season.” 

The entire Motions team will demonstrate their talent for a local audience at a meet to be held at Motions Unlimited on Dec. 7. The senior girls will compete once more this year at the Atlantis Crown in the Bahamas and the season will continue through March. 


The Motions team impressed in South Carolina, from left, Alison Gansebom, Morgan Lloyd, Raegan Rutty and Kelley Paz.