Young gymnasts ready for the new year after big 2013 win

After a great performance in New Providence last year, members of the Grand Bahama Gymnastics Academy (GBGA) and their coaches are ready for the new year and the new opportunities it would bring.

The young ladies are excited and ready to work, coaches believe.

Following is a look back at their performance in the capital.

The Grand Bahama Gymnastics Academy (GBGA) left Freeport on Thursday, December 12 to compete in the Atlantis Crown Invitational, held in Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, New Providence.

The event hosted over 40 clubs from North America and the Caribbean to compete in Artistic Gymnastics Levels 1-10. The athletes competed in four separate apparatus; including Vault, Beam, Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise.

The GBGA Competitive Team returned to Grand Bahama on Sunday adorned in 72 medals and a second place, all around win from the Level 1 section of the competition.

The team had a very intense schedule due to their early morning flight followed by a four hour training session, shortly after arrival at Atlantis. However, this did not get in the way of the teamâ s competitive spirit.

They worked through the training session flawlessly, attacking each weak point in their routines and perfecting it for the competition. The girls showed excellent amounts of stamina and endurance, and kept a positive attitude, reassuring their teammates with constructive criticism and encouragement throughout the day when energy started to fade.

Coach Kim Nesbitt was very impressed by the efforts of the team, highlighting the fact that the team did not have as much experience in international competitions. Coach Nesbitt commended the teamsâ efforts, saying, â This was our first international competition. The first time they competed, it was against teams from the Bahamas, but this time, there were countries like the United States, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and the Cayman Islands represented in the invitational. Our team went over there as the underdogs and returned as serious contenders.⠝

â The Grand Bahama Gymnastics Academy is very grateful for the private and public sponsors that made this adventure possible. We could not have done it without our sponsors and all the parents involved,⠝ said Coach Ewa Mellor. â The contributions received, regardless of how big or small they were made our trip a successful one. The coaches, the team and I would like to extend our most gratuitous thanks for our sponsors.⠝

The GBGA team did a fantastic job in Paradise Island, but the time for rest and relaxation has not yet arrived. The young gymnasts are headed back to work in preparation for the upcoming Bahama Star competition in Nassau next April.

The coaches are hoping for the continued support from the general public of Grand Bahama in future and are pleased with the amount of parents and sponsors that have stepped in to assist.

The Grand Bahama Gymnastics Academy encourages the public to continue supporting the team and its members in future endeavors. For any information regarding making a personal donation please feel free to contact the Grand Bahama Gymnastics Academy at 727-3007 or 727-2177.

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