Two up-and-coming Caymanian gymnasts were matched up against the best young gymnasts from the Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Puerto Rico – along with some strong competition from all over the United States – at the Atlantis Crown Invitational in Nassau.
Both girls brought home medals in multiple events, demonstrating that the Cayman Islands are a force to be reckoned with in a sport that is gaining momentum in the Caribbean. The girls competed in separate categories on the second day of the competition that was held at Atlantis. Raegan Rutty, 11, tied for first place with an impressive 9.525 on vault and took bronze on floor and all-around in her division. Sami Peene, 12, won gold with an exceptional performance on beam and also took the bronze on floor.
Rutty, who represents Motions Unlimited, and Peene, who represents Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics, will compete in a number of events in the southeastern U.S. over the winter and spring. These two gymnasts train up to 20 hours each week, demonstrating incredible dedication and commitment to their sport, and both have their sights set on international competition in 2015.