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Local gymnasts earn awards at Wide World of Sports meet

Members of the Middlesex Bronze Team include, from left, Evie Allen, Alexis Bauer, Chloe Schlosshan, Makayla Moore, Olivia Garrett, Hannah Koehler and Makayla Gordon.

The Xcel Gymnastics Team, sponsored by the Middlesex Department of Parks and Recreation and coached by Amanda Weston and Meaghan Koehler, competed at the Presidental Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, on February 19.

“The gymnasts did very well for the big stage they were on,” said team mother Jennifer Booker.

Overall, there were about 3,000 gymnasts at the meet in the Xcel division and the Levels 3-10 divisions. This was the first Capital Cup for the team.

Eleven gymnasts competed in the Bronze and Silver divisions in their respective age groups. The Silver Team brought home the 7th place banner along with most of the gymnasts bringing home medals for their individual events. “This was a wonderful experience for these girls,” said Booker.  
The girls on the Bronze and Silver teams range in age from 6-13 and are from Middlesex, Lancaster and Mathews counties.

“This would not have been possible without the support of the local communities,” said Booker. “We thank the Middlesex Kiwanis, County of Middlesex (Christmas Bazaar), EVB, Bank of Lancaster, The Hampton Inn-Gloucester, Tri-Star in Kilmarnock, Rapid Lube Kilmarnock, American Standard Insurance, Lee’s Restaurant, Middle Bay Realty, and all the individual people who supported us in Middlesex, Lancaster and Gloucester at our bake sales, car washes and raffles.” 

The teams competed last weekend in Newport News at World Class at the March Magical and had another great meet, said Booker. They have two more meets, both in April, in Winchester and Fredericksburg before heading to the state meet in May. The Bronze Team will compete at WISC in Williamsburg May 6-7, and the Silver Team will compete in Hampton at the Hampton Convention Center May 19-21.

posted 03.15.2017

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