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We had SO much fun at winter camp 2019! 40 athletes came together in Portsmouth NH from across the U.S. and Canada for an unbeatable gymnastics experience. Normally New England winters scare off international travelers, but the Canadians never are deterred!
Whether a gymnast's main goal was to learn new skills, improve old ones, have tons of fun, re-connect with old friends or meet new like-minded people -- all of that and more took place! Whether a gymnast's main goal was to learn new skills, improve old ones, have tons of fun, re-connect with old friends or meet new like-minded people -- all of that and more happened! This was our 8th camp. While we had many returning athletes, there were also plenty of newcomers who were experiencing this three-day weekend extravaganza for the first time.
Camp featured training on the four women's artistic events, plus trampoline and tumbltrak as well as conditioning rotations. We warmed up as a big group a little bit differently each day before splitting up into our training groups for events. There were some entertaining games yielding prizes sprinkled in throughout the training sessions. The Stick It contest went on and on (and on) as the last two gymnasts standing just couldn't miss! A surprising number of people opted to try the Rope climb contest on the last day which is a testament to how in shape they are and how much stamina they have! As always, our Athletic Trainer Meghan Mello was on hand to help keep us safe and feeling good.
Camp started Saturday January 26 and ran through Monday January 28. Each day offered several hours of gymnastics training, plus the opportunity for some meals with camp folks. We even had a watch party in a banquet room during which we watched UCLA take on Stanford. Wendy Goodro, a kinesiology specialist, spoke at Clinic on how to stay healthy in the sport as an adult gymnast. She provided nutritional advice, pain management tips, and physical therapy exercises to keep the body balanced.
We also had an open gym session that included plenty of
coaching on specific goals as well as a few mini active clinics on bars and
beam skills by Gina Paulhus. While attendance at every session is optional,
most chose to partake in just about everything camp had to offer! Breakfast
with other gymnasts and the hot tub back at the hotel was a fan-favorite, as
was the shuttle bus that brought campers back and forth to the gym. We polished
off the experience by meeting at a local brewery for lunch on Monday.
Alexander Pommer - Bar Savant
Alycia Muller - Best Half Wolf Half
Amanda Rudman - Highest Front Tuck
Ashley Griswold - Inventor of "The Ashley" on Bars
Catherine Leask - As It Turns
Chelsea Rossetti - Twisting on Point
Christine Cairoli - Most Confident Squat On
Corinne Gammon - New Double Back
Daniel Frazier - Best Ring Leap
Dominic Casselli – Khorkina Bars
Elissa Starosto - Snap It Shut Double Front
Jason Smith - Most Improved Handstand
Jennifer Solivan - Straightest Body Line
Jules Estes - Best Beam Flight...On Floor
Kaitlin Rowe - Got Off the Wedge (Bhs on floor)
Karah Novince - Cutest Squeal
Kelly Elias - Most Improved Front Handspring
Kelsey Young - TOPS testing (Rope Climb)
Kendall Everly - Most Entertaining Floor Routine
Krista Bartolomucci - Coolest Leo (Palm Tree Leo)
Kristen O'Callaghan - New Back Tuck
Kym Granger - Peng Peng Lee Beam
Laura McElrath - Best Tip Implementer
Linda Torres - Prettiest Back Handspring
Lori Vollkommer - New Release (Cut Catch)
Mary Cafarelli - Best Sticking
Mary Hollingsworth - Prettiest Leaps
Meghan Mello - Tappiest Swing
Melissa Vacon - Most Improved Vault Entry
Nicole Furness - Trooper
Paige Morency Notario - Best Come Back
Pamela Majumdar - Most Improved Flat Back Vault
Rachael Bennett - Nastia Liukin Bars
Rachel Gittinger - Spunkiest Clear Hip
Rebecca Hanley - Best Pike Open Half
Stefane Victor - Breathtaking
Stephanie Vlack - Best Layout Shape
Stephanie Wike - Tumble Trak Back
Tiffany Chen - Most Improved Handstand Pop
Tina DiMeglio - Hardest Working
Tina Goodman - Prettiest Toes
Tracy Garner - International Streak Keeper (she's Canadian)
A Great Big Thank You to each and every one who made the trip to Atlantic Gymnastics to participate in the fun and learning. You and what you bring to camp are what make it special! We also want to thank Atlantic for accommodating us.
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