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We had SO much fun at winter camp! 40 athletes came together in Portsmouth NH from across the U.S. and Canada for the experience of a lifetime. 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 was accomplished! This was our 6th camp in a row, and while we had many repeat campers, there were also some newcomers who were experiencing camp for the first time.
Camp featured training on the four women's artistic events, plus trampoline and tumbltrak. We warmed up as a group a little bit differently each day before splitting up into our training groups for events. There were opportunities for gymnastics-related and team-building games sprinkled in throughout the training sessions. The 'college stick' contest sparked the most laughs, and the 'how many forward rolls' contest provoked the most dizziness! Our Athletic Trainer Meghan Hunt was on hand to provide treatments for chronic injuries and to make sure everyone stayed in tip-top shape throughout any minor dings that took place.
Camp started Sat. Jan. 27 and ran through Mon. Jan. 29. Each day offered at least four hours of gymnastics training plus the opportunity for a couple of meals with camp folks out in beautiful downtown Portsmouth. Tony Retrosi, worldwide clinician and owner of Atlantic Gymnastics, spoke about the culture and concerns within USA Gymnastics right now. Gina Paulhus, camp director and Owner of Home Bodies in-home fitness training, conducted a clinic on conditioning and flexibility for success on the 4 women's gymnastics events. While every session is optional, most chose to partake in everything camp had to offer! 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.
Allie Hignett -- Beam Princess
Angie Melton -- The Twister
Ashlee Bourque -- Clearest Goals
Ashley Griswold -- Most Inquisitive
Caitlin Smythe -- Most Improved Cast
Chelsea Rossetti -- Superwoman
Dana Plourde -- Back Tuck Beast
Deleen Long -- Leap Queen
Denise Hanley -- Most Supportive Mom
Dominec Casselli -- Mattress Firm
Elissa Starosto -- Natural Ballerina
Ellen McGauley -- Thing 2
Elsie Oldaker -- Best Preflight
Elyse Levesque -- Toe On Queen
heather Watts -- Most Precise Front Handspring
Jill Lacedonia -- Out of My Comfort Zone
Jules Estes -- Still Got It
Justine Du -- Turn Perfection
Kaitlin Rowe -- High and Happy (thanks, Liz!)
Karen Heilman -- Steady Eddie
Kelly Elias -- First Rip
Kelsey Young -- Coolest Bars Dismount
Khanhnhat Nguyen -- Most Eager to Learn
Kristin Sherman -- Thing 1
Laura McElrath -- Best Front Walkover
Linda Torres -- New and Improved
Lindsay Martin -- Last Second Lindsay
Mary Hollingsworth -- Best Back Walkover in the History of Time
Meghan Hunt -- Best Form
Melissa Vacon -- Best Vault Run
Melody Gammon -- Most Body Control
Nicole LaChapelle Furness -- Power Packed
Nicole Leiner -- Best Muscle Memory
Rebecca Hanley -- New Heights Cast
Rachael Bennett -- Straightest Handstand Flat Back
Sarah Bryne-Martelli -- Tickiest Tic Toc
Sinhue Herrera -- Elegant Aeriel
Tiffany Chen -- Most Improved Cartwheel on Beam
Tina DiMeglio -- The Heartmelter
Tracy Garner -- Hardest Worker
Thanks to each and every one who made the trip to Atlantic Gymnastics to participate in the fun and learning. You are what make camp special!
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