The Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association has attracted local sponsors to provide three talented and committed young gymnasts with scholarships for the upcoming season.
Sabastian Adapa, Kelley Vanderbol and Sarah Bush are the recipients.
Adapa is a rising star on the competitive boys team. The 10-year-old St. Ignatius student recently took two top 10 finishes and a personal best all-around score, competing level 5 for the first time at the Valeri Liukin invitational in Texas.
Following an extremely successful season in 2014, coaches Alison Gansebon and John Leonard say his progress is worth monitoring this season.
Sarah Bush, a Year 7 student at John Gray, is praised by her teachers and coaches as a hard-working, determined and ambitious student and athlete.
Bush recently competed at level 3 at the Holiday Extravaganza at Motions Unlimited on Sparky’s Drive. She impressed onlookers with her grace and skill as she executed her routines, and she will have the opportunity to travel to her first overseas meet, in Florida, in March.
On receipt of her scholarship, Vanderbol, was able to step up her training regime and took up her place on the Motions competitive team.
Vanderbol, 11, trains with coach Kenzie Brown, who believes the extra hours in the gym will help her reach her potential as a competitive gymnast.
Having spent much of the last two years focused on administration and building an infrastructure to support Cayman’s top gymnasts break into the international arena, the Gymnastics Association reached out to local organizations to help make the sport more accessible to everyone.
Through Olympic Solidarity funding accessed through the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, the gymnastics association is working with schools to offer kids opportunities to learn about Olympic values with experienced coaches and facilities as a fun way to keep fit and healthy.
Through the sponsorship and sale of calendars, the CIGA can now offer scholarships.
Applications are supported by teacher references and coaches’ recommendations and are subject to review by the association’s board.
Major sponsors include Butterfield Bank, Care Pharmacy, Deloitte, Comfort Suites, Kirk Freeport, Burger King, KPMG, Pizza Hut, Maples and Popeyes were joined by new sponsors Massive Media and H2Only.
The competitive season for gymnastics started in November with a solid start for the girls at Crown of the Carolina’s in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
The boys started their season at the Valeri Liukin Invitational in Texas. Motions Unlimited competitive teams will test their skills and strength against some of the top talent in the U.S. at the Manhattan Classic in New York and the Paws for Cause meet in Florida next week.