A young gymnastics team from the Geist Sports Academy recently performed very well at the Indiana State Gymnastics Meet. This Level 5 girls’ team consists of four gymnasts ranging in age from ten to twelve years old. This group reflects talent, energy, enthusiasm, and dedication. Impressively, each of these four athletes not only qualified for state, eventually earning some type of award, but they also earned the title of State Champion in the Level 5, 12-year-old age group competition. Furthermore, the girls had fun while maintaining a supportive environment for one another.
Let’s meet these four artistic, hardworking, gymnasts:
Olivia Chauncey: (12 years old)
“We don’t think of gymnastics as a strict sport like other people,” says Olivia Chauncey, a seventh grader, who attends Belzer Middle School. “We have fun and we laugh a lot.” Olivia specializes in the categories of bars and balancing beam. She received a 9.6 on bars. She is proud of her friends on the team who give her support. She adds, “Whenever I learn a new skill, my team is there for me. They tell me I can do it if I put my mind to it.”
Caroline Thompson: (12 years old)
Also scoring high on the bars and placing third by scoring 9.35 is Caroline Thompson, a sixth grader at Forest Glen Elementary. Her main areas of expertise are with the bars and the floor routines. Caroline reflects sincere gratitude for her time with her coaches when she says, “There are tons of fun times we have with coaches where we laugh; we can just have fun. But mainly we do have to do lots of strict stuff. I love this sport, and the coaches teach us discipline and respect.”
Genova Schultheis: (12 years old)
“My friends (teammates) like competing with me all the time,” says Genova Schultheis. “We enjoy supporting each other.” Genova specializes in vault and floor. She received a 9.4 on the vault. Genova is a sixth grader at St. Lawrence.
Kayla Kendall: (10 years old)
The youngest gymnast on the team is Kayla Kendall, who is a fourth grader at St. Simon. She excels at the balancing beam and floor exercise. She pulled away with a 9.375 on the beam at State. Kayla appreciates her coach for his style. She says, “Whenever I mess up, Coach Baron encourages me to get up and do it again.”
The girls aren’t the only ones who appreciate the solid coaching staff and positive environment within Geist Sports Academy. Sheri Kendall, Kayla Kendall’s mother, observes, “The passion the coaching staff has for the sport of gymnastics keeps the girls engaged and enthusiastic. The coaches consistently strive to ensure each gymnast achieves her personal best. The camaraderie and friendship amongst the girls (at all levels and ages) is very apparent at practices and meets.”
These young girls practice fifteen hours per week. They typically stretch for about 45 minutes before practice and 15 minutes after their workouts. They each have learned how to balance the demands of school work, family life, and practice time at the gym. Furthermore, they are always happy and eager to reunite with their dedicated teammates and coaches with every new practice and meet.
In addition to the accomplishments of the Level 5 team, Geist Sports Academy (GSA) experienced much success this year across the board on all levels of the Women’s Program as well as the Men’s Competitive Gymnastics Team.
The women’s team had another State Champion Team, which consisted of eight girls, on the Prep Optional Gold Level. GSA Women produced one All Around State Champion, five Individual Event State Champions, numerous top ten finishes and four Regional Qualifiers. These accomplishments contributed to Geist Sports Academy’s most successful year to date.
On the men’s side, GSA produced two Championship Teams, (Level 5, 12 & up age group team and Level 4, 8 & 9-year-old age group team). Additionally, there were two repeat State Champions, two first time State Champions, three Regional Qualifiers and one National Qualifier, Taylor Smith. Indeed, this was a wonderful year for the men’s team as well.
Geist Sports Academy is located at 11960 East 62nd Street off Pendleton Pike next to Veterans Memorial Park. If you would like to enroll your daughter or son in a class, please contact Baron DeVeau at 317-823-7734.
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