Tots & Tumblers Gymnastic Club athletes copped 1st place all around medals at the recently held Pan American Gymnastics Union (PAGU) Club Cup in Cali, Colombia.
Tots & Tumblers’ gymnasts – Zara-Marie Glen, Sidney Charles, Amelia Ahwai, Karessa Kirton and Adriana Housty also came away with five gold medals on the uneven bars, successfully competing against gymnasts representing clubs from host country Columbia, Guatemala, Argentina, Bolivia and El Salvador.
In the Level 1 Gymnasts category, nine-year-old Glen placed first all round in the eight to nine age bracket with a score of 44.450. Glen placed third on the vault, first on the uneven bars and beam and second on the floor exercise. Glen has had a phenomenal year, moving through USA Gymnastics (USAG) levels Four and Five and now the PAGU Level 1 and has had success both locally and internationally.
Charles, in the 10-11 age group, placed first all around with a score of 44.000. Charles had first place finishes on the uneven bars and floor and was third on the beam and fifth on vault.
In the ages 12-13 category, Ahwai placed first all around with a score of 44.500. She placed first on the bars, second at the beam and third on the floor exercise.
At PAGU Level Two, Kirton came in second all around with a score of 42.075. Kirton copped gold at the uneven bars. Housty tied with the Kirton for gold at the bars and placed third all around with a score of 40.325. Bar and head coach, Clifton Mc Dowell, was all smiles and proud of his young gymnasts who picked up five golds among five gymnasts.
The prestigious event was hosted by the Pan American Gymnastic Union (PAGU), under the umbrella of the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG), the world governing body for gymnastics.
Each gymnast was subjected to a four-judge panel for each routine. The gymnasts and coaches also benefitted from two days of training camp, which was facilitated by high-level FIG coaches from Colombia and Argentina. Well-organised opening and closing ceremonies and great interaction between the coaches and gymnasts from the various PAGU region countries all leant to a tremendously positive experience for the delegation from Tots & Tumblers Gymnastic Club.