Lo­cal gym­nasts hope to make big im­pact in USA event

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - MARC STAMP STAR Writer

The Ja­maica Amateur Gym­nas­tics As­so­ci­a­tion (JAGA) Ju­nior Devel­op­ment team is hop­ing to bring home glory in their de­but at the United Win­ter­fest meet in Re­ston Town, Vir­ginia, in the United States of Amer­ica.

The gym­nas­tic meet is set to start to­day and end two days later. It is for fe­males seven to 16 years old.

Pres­i­dent of JAGA Ni­cole Grant Brown, who has been in the USA since last Sun­day, says that de­spite two key gym­nasts be­ing un­able to par­tic­i­pate, the other girls are ex­pected to give of their best.

“I am there now en­sur­ing that the team is com­fort­able in or­der for them to do well. They have never com­peted in that meet be­fore, but I am ex­pect­ing a good show,” Grant-Brown told STAR Sports yes­ter­day.

“The team had been train­ing hard in prepa­ra­tion for the meet. Our level eight team was crip­pled due to Rhi­anne Erv­ing be­ing in­jured and not mak­ing the meet. Also, Adana John­son will not be able to at­tend the meet,” the pres­i­dent dis­closed.

“We know the team will do their best un­der the cir­cum­stances of not hav­ing a proper train­ing fa­cil­ity, how­ever, the ex­pe­ri­ence they will gain is price­less and will help in their devel­op­ment,” she con­cluded.

The Ju­nior Devel­op­ment team reads: Bri­anne Woon, Ki­moya Banks, Kai­ley Ho, Telissa Robin­son, Emelia Sharpe, Kayana Brown, Mikayla Brown, In­dia Shirley, Michala Virgo, Tif­fany Cameron, Ja­milia Duf­fus, Mekayla Thomas, Akailia Stephen­son, Giselle Thomas, Kaelia Kai Yen and Danyella Holmes Richards.

JER­MAINE BARNABY

Ni­cole Grant

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