Cayman gymnasts compete in Texas

Three members of the boys competitive gymnastics team from Motions Unlimited traveled with Coach John Leonard to the Valeri Liukin Invitational in Frisco, Texas, last month.  

The invitational meet is one of the most competitive events for boys gymnastics and attracts gymnasts from around the world. The most recent meet, held on Dec. 11-13, featured elite gymnasts from the U.S., Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, Cyprus and the Ukraine.  

Igor Magalhaes, who represented Cayman at the Inter-Island Games in Ynys Mon, Wales, in July, took the silver for the all-around in the boys 11-12 Level 7 division.  

Magalhaes earned gold on the high bar, silver on floor and parallel bars and bronze on vault. Karthik Adapa took home the bronze all-around in the 10-year-old, Level 5 division. The youngest team member, 8-year-old Kaleb Woolaver, took 20th place in a very competitive field of 7- and 8-year old Level 5s. 

Coach John Leonard said, “I am very pleased with how the boys competed at this meet. It is a very competitive field and they each demonstrated that with all the hard work they have put in they can be competitive with some of the best gymnasts in the U.S.” 

The competitive season for gymnastics picks up again this month. The boys will travel to West Point in New York for the 25th Annual West Point Gymnastics Open, held Jan. 15-17, and the girls will travel to New York for the Jan 30-31 Manhattan Classic Invitational. 

From left, Karthik Adapa, Coach John Leonard and Igor Magalhaes.

From left, Karthik Adapa, Coach John Leonard and Igor Magalhaes.

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