Motions leap for Texas props

Local gymnastics earned fresh kudos in Texas. 

Cayman’s boys gymnastics team at Motions Unlimited began the 2014-2105 competitive season in Frisco, Texas, in December. This was the first competition of the season along with the first-ever meet in Texas. The event took place at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy gymnastics club, who have proudly hosted the Valeri Liukin Invitational since 1996, attracting top teams from across the United States and the world. This is one of the largest and longest running international gymnastics competitions in America.  

The boys team excelled in their six events with 11-year-old Igor Magalhaes taking home three gold medals in the all-around, high bar and floor, along with bronze on rings. This was a very strong start to the season and a huge accomplishment for Magalhaes, who will aim to qualify for the national team that will represent Cayman at the Inter-Island Games in Ynys Mon in July.  

Magalhaes’s team mate Sabastian Adapa competed his new level five routines for the first time and received two top ten finishes in his age group and earned a personal best all around score. The boys welcomed their new team mate, Kaleb Woolaver, who posted an impressive two top ten finishes in the 6-7 age group in his first overseas competition.  

The boys team also enjoyed meeting Olympic gold medalist and gymnastics hall of famer, Valeri Liukin, who inspired their dreams and aspirations to succeed in the sport.  

It was a promising start to the 2014/15 American gymnastics competitive season. The boys team and level three girls will compete together at the Paws for a Cause competition in Atlanta at the end of January with coach Alison Gansebom and new coach John Leonard. The girls started their season at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina at the Crown of the Carolinas Invitational last month under coaches Gansebom and Kelley Paz.  

The team consisted of veterans Gabriella Royston, Emmi Daykin, Jaiden Gilbert and Anais Small along with newcomers Cameron Claire Doak and Tyler Woolaver. Daykin took home a bronze overall, placing third on vault and fourth on bars and floor in her age group. She also grabbed an eighth place finish. Royston, Gilbert and Small rounded out the sessions, placing ninth, 11th and 12th, respectively. Woolaver ended up in 11th place. 

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Igor Magalhaes has been a top performer from an early age. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES

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