By Rachel Guard, Coach and Co-Owner of Ultimate Gymnastics
Six local and talented competitive gymnasts were recently offered the experience of a lifetime to compete in the 33rd International Artistic Gymnastics Competition.
The gymnasts that competed in the competition were Haley Downs age 13, Gabrielle Pigtain age 9, Farrah Ramos age 7, Sariah Ramos age 9, Jaelene Lee age 10 and Kyra Clark age 12. The girls along with their two coaches and co-owners, Rachel and Michelle Guard, of Ultimate Gymnastics located in St. Cloud traveled all the way to the European Country of Malta to compete with some of the best gymnasts in the world this past July 12-14, 2019.
Other countries that competed along with the USA team were the United Kingdom, France, Malta, South Africa, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Iceland, Saudi Arabia and Spain.
For months the gymnasts and coaches worked as hard as they could to prepare for the competition. During the trip the gymnasts got to experience the international competition competing in Vault, Bars, Beam, and Floor. The gymnasts also got to experience training camps, snorkeling, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, as well as attending a banquet with other gymnasts from all over the world. They returned home from the experience with lots of new techniques and knowledge, smiles, medals and trophies.
Having been the only team to compete from the USA, they were representing not only Ultimate Gymnastics but our county, state and country.
It was the first time flying for some of the gymnasts, as well as being their first time out of the USA and they can’t wait to do it all again next year.
Ultimate Gymnastics is proud to represent our town of St. Cloud and the gymnasts are training hard for their next competition!
The Ultimate Gymnastics team offers a variety of classes as well as an after school program for ages 5-12. Pickups through their after school program are available from Lakeview, Michigan Avenue, Harmony, St. Cloud, Neptune and Narcoossee Elementary Schools as well as Harmony and St. Cloud Middle Schools and City of Life Christian Academy.
Ultimate Gymnastics is located at 1421 Hamlin Avenue, St. Cloud, Florida 34771 and can be reached by calling 407-498-3165.
For more information, see their ad on page 5 or visit their website at www.ultimatesaintcloud.com.