A team of five girls representing Cayman’s gymnastics studio, Motions Unlimited, brought home a total of six medals from the Paws for a Cause Invitational, held in Atlanta, Georgia, 8 Feb. Taking first in the Xcel Gold level were Bethany Hawkins on uneven bars and balance beam, and Morgan Crowley on the vault; with Sophia Simpson earning the top spot on beam at the higher Xcel Platinum level.
In Xcel Platinum, Emmi Daykin took second on beam while teammate Mia VanDevelde earned bronze on the vault in Xcel Gold. Overall, Cayman’s gymnasts competing in Xcel Gold took third place in the tournament.
“I think overall, I did really well,” said Hawkins. “I could improve on the vault and floor but I am very happy with my performance on the bars because I didn’t fall on anything and connected everything really well.”
Teammate Crowley shared similar views on her performance in Atlanta. “Personally, I think I did pretty well,” said Crowley. “Doing better than my last meet so that was improvement. My future goals are to try and beat my previous scores. This is my second season in gold, and I’ve been getting pretty consistent scores, scoring four nines, and I’m trying to get higher. For next season I want to improve my skills on the bars, and move up to Xcel Platinum.”Coach Alison Laidler added, “I’ve been with these girls for seven years. So, I’ve seen them grow from level one, level two, level three and now in Xcel Gold which is kind of equivalent to level five. “Overall, every meet that we go to we get a little bit more consistent and a lot of positive attitudes. If the girls make a mistake, they’re learning how to move forward and win graciously.” Laidler hopes next year the gymnasts will earn all platinums.