Gymnasts shine in Atlanta

Cayman gymnasts representing Motions Unlimited continued their competitive season at the Paws for a Cause Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia, over the weekend.  

Led by coaches Alison Gansebom and John Leonard, this was the first Cayman Islands gymnastics group to participate at the Atlanta meet.  

Proceeds from the event were donated to provide service dogs for children, so each gymnast also played a part in helping a family reach its goal to provide their child with independence, safety and security.  

The boys team started the day with 11-year-old Igor Magalhaes earning a silver medal all-around in his age group. Magalhaes also won gold medals on floor and parallel bars and a silver medal on rings.  

This follows his impressive start of the season with three gold medals in the all-around, high bar and floor, along with bronze on rings at the Valeri Liukin Invitational in Texas in December. Level 5 teammate Sabastian Adapa improved his personal scores, receiving two top-three places and a ninth place overall.  

Competing at only the second meet of his career, 7-year-old Kaleb Woolaver improved his all-around results and proudly went home with an inspiring collection of medals. 

The level 3 girls team of Emmi Daykin, Cameron Claire Doak, Meaghan Fowler, Jaiden Gilbert, Anais Small and Tyler Woolaver took to the stage next.  

In their age group, Daykin secured second place finishes and personal bests with her beam and floor routines along with Gilbert marking a strong performance placing 11th all-around.  

Doak won a bronze on vault placing 10th overall with teammates Small, Woolaver and Fowler all improving their personal bests. 

The Motions team will compete throughout April. The entire competitive team, including level 8 girls Raegan Rutty and Morgan Lloyd, will participate at the Gasparilla Classic in Tampa at the end of February.  

The juniors will finish out their season at an optional competition in Barbados in April. 

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The Level 3 team, Cameron Claire Doak, Jaiden Gilbert, Emmi Daykin, Anais Small, Tyler Woolaver and Meaghan Fowler.

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Kaleb Woolaver, 7, won a clutch of medals in Atlanta.
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