Tumblers gain new heights at gymnastics mini-camp

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 3/10/99.

gymnastics Tumblers of all sizes are learning new skills at the Gymnastics Mini-Camp sponsored by community education.

Twenty-five third through sixth grade girls are learning different skills on the vault, balance beam, uneven parallel bars, and floor mat.

̉The girls are divided into different groups according to their skill levels," Diane Dutcher, gymnastics coach, said. According to Dutcher this is the 14th year the gymnasts have hosted the mini-camp.

After warm-up exercises, the girls are anxious to get started on the various apparatus. A favorite among the girls is the mini-trampoline.

On the floor, they are learning back hand springs and back somis. On the balance beam, the girls are doing leaps, jumps, turns, cart wheels, and somi dismounts.

Deb Nehowig works with the girls on learning the basic skills on the uneven parallel bars. The girls learn how to do a body swing, kips, jumps, dismounts, fly backs, and the importance of keeping their body tight.

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