Cheyenne Gymnastics wraps up 2021 competition season in Texas, yet training continues

Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 1:28 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cheyenne Gymnastics competition season is coming to an end.

All but one skill group, Xcel Gold, has wrapped up its season.

“I placed fifth on floor and tenth on vault, which was pretty good for my group,” said Grace Dillow, who competed in the Junior Olympic Level 8 Regionals in Kansas in late April. “There’s a lot of people there from all over the region, so that was pretty fun.”

Two other Cheyenne Gymnastics participants placed in events. Tasarra Robinson placed first on vault and tied for 8th on the balance beam at Xcel Platinum Regionals. Ella Reed also tied for 4th on bars, placed 8th on the balance beam, and 8th all-around at the same Regionals, which was held last weekend in Aurora, CO.

Success is great, but the girls said Regionals is about more than just placing. The gymnasts also get to meet and get the experience of competing against other gymnasts from different states, including Colorado and Texas.

“It was really fun,” said Ella Reed. “I like to meet new people and I competed with this one nice girl and it was just really fun to meet new people.”

Still, going against gymnasts from bigger states and programs must be daunting. But the goal should be to not get overwhelmed.

“Since this is our last practice, I’ve just tried to get it in my mind that I can do it and I try not to think backward or negatively,” said Isabelle Deal on Tuesday.

Deal and the Xcel Gold group participate in their Regionals Friday-Sunday in Galveston, Texas.

But though the Cheyenne Gymnastics competition season officially ends on Sunday, training does not stop. With the exception of a week off in both June and September, plus a few days off around Frontier Days, the girls keep working.

“It’s four days a week, all summer long, all year round,” said Cheyenne Gymnastics Head Coach Shannon Mitchell. “They don’t really want to take breaks though.”

Mitchell said that work ethic is why she enjoys her job so much.

“Their willingness to be here all the time, their drive that makes me love what I do,” said Mitchell. “So, it’s a lot of fun.”

The next season of gymnastic competition begins in January 2022.

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