Highlights from Gem City’s Nationally Ranked Gymnastics, Tumbling, and All Star Cheer Programs
The gymnastics, tumbling, and all star cheer programs at Gem City produced many wins during their respective competitive seasons. We are beyond proud of each athlete’s hard work and dedication. These victories represent years of work by the athletes and by our coaches as they’ve developed Gem City’s team and recreational class programs.
Gem City has 20 athletes out of the 36 that qualified at State advancing on to United States Trampoline & Tumbling Association (USTA) National Championships. It’ll be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on June 12-16.
Maurice Silas is a senior at Quincy Senior High School on Gem City’s Tumbling Team. He is 17 and started tumbling in first grade. He’s competitively tumbled for five years. Maurice fills the gym with kindness and a positive attitude. We will miss him!
Maggie Schutte, current senior at Quincy Senior High School (QHS), has been a long-time fixture on Gem City’s tumbling team. She’s been a leader through her consistent hard work and willingness to help other athletes. In April, Schutte was awarded the USTA Southern Illinois graduating Senior Scholarship Award at the Southern Illinois State Championship and made the All-Star National Team.
Eight Gem City athletes came home as State Champions and 36 of our competitors qualified to advance to Nationals at the 2018 United States Trampoline & Tumbling Association (USTA) Southern Illinois State Championship in Pana, IL on April 22! A total of 39 Gem City tumblers competed at the State meet.
Co-owner and head tumbling team coach, Zeke Cernea, was recognized for excellence in coaching with a nomination for the United States Trampoline & Tumbling Association’s (USTA) Coach of the Year! Gem City is incredibly proud of Zeke’s coaching and leadership.
Gem City welcomes all new and returning athletes to a new class session and 2018! The 2018 Spring Session starts today and we’re excited to see all the new and familiar faces. This is a great time to reflect on the last year and on what you or your child learned and accomplished in gym. It’s also the perfect time for goal-setting for the upcoming year!