Motions Unlimited gymnasts bring home first places from Lakeland

Level three gymnasts Alex Owen and Naomi Tibbetts showed their routine in Lakeland.

Cayman’s Motions Unlimited girls’ competitive gymnastics team returned from their first international meet of the season, the Gasparilla Fall Invitational on Oct. 20 and 21 in Lakeland, Florida, with a collection of first place awards.

The Xcel Gold team of Cici Bradley, Morgan Crowley, Emmi Daykin, Bethany Hawkins, Sophia Simpson and Tai Wammer achieved first places in all-around and balance beam for Emmi Daykin and Bethany Hawkins, first in floor for Morgan Crowley and Bethany Hawkins, and first place overall for the entire Xcel Gold team in the USA division.

First-time competitors at Gasparilla, Level three gymnasts Alex Owen and Naomi Tibbetts then took to the stage, showcasing their routines and skills.

Coach Alison Laidler said, “I am very proud of these girls, since it was only their second competition and all their hard work is paying off. I am extremely proud of how far they have come in a short amount of time and we look forward to what they can accomplish in the upcoming meet season.”

Upcoming competitions

The next event for girls and the rest of the Motions Unlimited team will be the Holiday Festival, Dec. 8, at the Motions facility on Sparkys Drive. The girls’ team will also compete in the Metroplex Challenge Jan. 25 -27 in Fort Worth, Texas as well as the Florida Crown Championships in Boca Raton, Florida April 26-28.

Cayman’s Gasparilla Fall Invitational Xcel Gold team, from left, Morgan Crowley, Bethany Hawkins, Sophia Simpson, Tai Wammer, Emmi Daykin and Cici Bradley, brought home a number of first place awards.

The boys’ team schedule includes the Judges Cup on Nov. 10 in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Valeri Liukin Invitational, Feb. 9–10, in Plano, Texas.

Both the boys and girls competitive teams will participate in the Gasparilla Classic in St. Petersburg, Florida on Feb. 22–24, and the Bermuda International Challenge in Bermuda on March 15-17.