The Islands YMCA must be doing something right with their gymnastics team. The ten athletes, eight girls and two boys, recently traveled to Wichita, Kansas for the 2015 YMCA National Gymnastics Championship. Between all ten athletes the team brought home 38 medals. Even though the sport looks graceful, there’s definitely a lot more precision that goes into it.
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Islands YMCA Gymnastics Team Excel at Nationals
Local Athletes bring back 38 medals from Wichita, Kansas
At the end of June the Islands YMCA gymnastics team traveled to Wichita, Kansas for the 2015 YMCA National Gymnastics Championship at the Intrust Bank Center. 1,300 athletes traveled from across the country to attend the event. Prior to the competition, each of these youth athletes had to qualify to compete in this meet.
Representing the YMCA of Coastal Georgia Association and the City of Savannah was the Islands gymnastics team from the Islands Family YMCA. The team had 10 athletes compete levels in 3 through 8 and Xcel Silver. These boys and girls did a fantastic job, winning a total of 38 medals. Two of these gymnasts received first place All Around in their age division. One gymnast, Kenzie Kurdys, advanced to the Level 8 All-Around Finals, where she placed 10th in the country.
According to Carol Tanrath, Gymnastics Director, Islands Family YMCA, “I was incredibly proud of how well our group did this year and I believe their scores and achievements were a result of their hard work and long practice time in the gym. This year these kids had another obstacle to overcome. Since the competition was so far away, we had a smaller group travel compared to year’s past. Sometimes this can make it harder on the athletes since they don’t have all their teammates with them they are used to competing with… but this was not the case for our group. I was incredibly impressed with how they came together as a team to support each other during the meet. They did great!”
Congratulations to this group and all that they accomplished during their time in Kansas!
The 10 local athletes that traveled to Kansas are: Kenzie Kurdys, Sydney Orr, Kaitlin Dellert, Gracelynn Berg, Nya Jones, Gracie Wilson, Rylie Tanrath, Delena Theiss, Wil Gibson and Logan Hall.
About the YMCA of Coastal Georgia
The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been serving the Coastal Georgia community for over 160, and continues to work every day to advance its cause to strengthen community through its 3 areas of focus; youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Today the YMCA of Coastal Georgia operates 12 units, in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, McIntosh and now Glynn Counties; included is the Pryme Tyme before and after school program, operating in 53 elementary and middle schools throughout the markets served. The YMCA serves men and women, girls and boys of all ages and from all walks of life. All of this and more is accomplished while putting forth the Y mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.