Medals galore make hearts leap

Cayman sent the largest delegation of gymnasts abroad this season, to the Gasparilla Classic in Tampa last weekend, and came back with a clutch of medals.  

Coaches Kelley Paz, Alison Gansebom and John Leonard accompanied the boys and girls to compete at one of the largest international invitational meets in North America.  

Lightning City Gymnastics hosted around 4,000 gymnasts from 22 U.S. states, Canada, South America, Central America and the Caribbean at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays. 

Igor Magalhaes set the tone for Cayman, winning gold on vault and high bar and taking silver on floor, pommel, parallel bars and all-around for his age category.  

Magalhaes has stepped up his training this season in preparation for the Inter Island Games in Jersey from the end of June, and his results so far are encouraging.  

Kaleb Woolaver brought home silver medals for the boys team on floor and parallel bars and took fourth place in the all-around.  

Sebastian Adapa took four top ten finishes on floor, parallel bars, high bar and all-around in a very competitive age group. 

The level 3 girls performed superbly, taking home the coveted first-place team trophy over teams from Trinidad and the U.S.  

All eight team members contributed to their big win with some outstanding individual results.  

Emmi Daykin won a gold, a silver and a bronze on floor, vault and all-around, respectively.  

Cameron Claire Doak earned a gold on floor and bronze on vault, while Gabriella Royston and Jaiden Gilbert each earned silver medals in their age groups for their performances on the uneven bars.  

Sarah Bush had a fantastic vault, earning her the bronze medal at her first away competition, along with Anais Small, Tyler Woolaver and Meaghan Fowler each earning top 10 finishes across their events. 

Raegan Rutty closed out the meet with a personal best performance on every event, demonstrating that she is in fine form for next week’s Gymnix International meet in Montreal.  

Rutty’s performance earned her golds on vault and beam, silver on bars, bronze on floor and a silver in the all-around.  

Rutty will also join Magalhaes and teammates Sami Peene and Morgan Lloyd (who was unable to compete at Gasparilla because of an injury) at the Inter Island Games in Ynys Mon. 


Triumphant gymnasts, back, left to right, Gabriella Royston, Jaiden Gilbert, Emmi Daykin. Middle, Anais Small, Sarah Bush, Meaghan Fowler, Morgan Lloyd, Cameron Claire Doak, Raegan Rutty, Tyler Woolaver. Front, Igor Magalhaes, Kaleb Woolaver and Sebastian Adapa.


  1. Way to go team! We’re especially proud of our Grandchildren, Kaleb and Tyler Woolaver.
    Raegan Rutty might meet some children from the Sarnia Ontario Club,in Montreal this weekend.
    Beverly Earle Woolaver
    Canadian grandparents

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