Primary school students try out gymnastics

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Students from Red Bay Primary, John A Cumber and George Town Primary Schools had the opportunity try out gymnastics at Motions Unlimited in Industrial Park.

Under the guidance of Coach Doran Zimmerman and Island Games gymnast, Sami Peene, the girls and boys learned about the Olympic Values – friendship, respect and excellence – and learned some new skills on the floor, trampoline, bars and rings.

The Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association organised field trips for Red Bay Primary, John A Cumber and George Town Primary schools, which were made possible largely through funding provided by Walkers’ Charity Day.

Association president Toni Pinkerton said the trips are part of the strategic initiative to promote gymnastics in Cayman and make it more accessible to the community. With the financial assistance provided by Walkers and other fundraising initiatives, the association also provides scholarships to talented, committed gymnasts, supporting their rigorous training schedule which has top gymnasts training up to 20 hours a week.

“While we continue to support the development of our National Team, we also ensure that resources are dedicated to exposing more kids to gymnastics and making it more accessible to everyone,” Pinkerton said.

“This is the second year that Walkers has supported this initiative, and we have been able to include more schools.”

According to organisers, big smiles and boundless energy from visiting students made it clear that this was a sport they would like to try again and with a variety of programs offered, from toddler play days, summer camps and open gym sessions to structured gymnastics classes and parkour, there are plenty of opportunities.

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