Aspiring to be like those girls

December 22nd, 2014 | By Gary No Comments

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Five seasons ago, Coach Bridget took a group of seven girls on Level 4 and formed the first competitive team at Oconee Gymnastics & Cheer. They were young and fearless, and under her guidance they began to improve and excel in their sport. After leaving to coach at the University of West Virginia for a few years, Coach Bridget has returned and today is coaching many of the same girls, who are now at Level 7 and 8 optionals. The girls now practice 20 hours per week and compete at major meets around the southeast and even the country. They are also role models and mentors for the younger girls who are now starting to compete at Level 4, just as these girls did in the beginning.

This new group of 20+ girls starts as young as six years old, and they have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They practice 16 hours per week in the same part of the gym as the older girls that they aspire to be like. According to Coach Bridget, they all have the potential to reach the top levels of optional gymnastics if they work hard and stick with it. Working hard on these teams is made a lot easier because they have so much fun together. Coach Kat, the OGC owner, says, “This can be a social sport.  Our teams spend a lot of time with each other in and out of the gym. We want them to have fun and they really love and support one another.” Even though some are in different grades, different schools, and even different counties, the girls at OCG are like a family…a family where everyone just happens to love gymnastics!

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