We've got a group of gymnast headed west looking for a National title. it all begins Wednesday in Wichita...Cristina Tuso has more with these young athletes as they prep for their biggest event of the year.
At the end of the month the Coastal Georgia YMCA will join 1,300 other gymnasts and compete in their 5th Nationals. The team is hoping to follow up with a stellar performance they had last year in Tampa where they racked up 156 medal count.
Adrian Simms-"Our girls and our guys don't really think about the past too much they just stay in the moment…they stay ready and willing to compete."
It's hard not to dwell on the past when the gym had a handful of athletes place first in individual events and all around last season…but with that in mind these young athletes keep to the grind knowing that more wins means a growing program….
"It gives our gymnast confidence more than anything, and it helps attract others to the sport. They see what we're doing as see how our girls and guys compete and it makes everybody else think I can do that too."
The YMCA will have Gymnast competing in levels 3 through 8….that includes Nia Jones…who won a state championship last year USAG and knows that training for the level of competition isn't easy.
Nia Jones-"It takes a lot of conditioning and a lot of hard work and dedication."
Other gymnasts may not have the age to show….but they do have experience, like 10 year old Kinsie Kurdy who is making her 4th trip to nationals…
Kenzie Kurdys-"You really just have to stay loose and don't get too stressed about trying to do your best…you just go out there and have fun."
They gym team will walk in the opening ceremony for the meet on June 24th.
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