Den­ton girl named to USA Gym­nas­tics team

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EAS­TON — USA Gym­nas­tics has an­nounced the U.S. Tram­po­line and Tum­bling Team for the 2017 World Age Group Com­pe­ti­tion, which will take place Nov. 13 to 20, in Sofia, Bul­garia.

Aliah Raga, 12, of Den­ton, a gym­nast at Ch­e­sa­peake Gym­nas­tics in Eas­ton, has been named as a U.S. Tram­po­line and Tum­bling Team mem­ber in the com­pe­ti­tion’s dou­ble mini-tram­po­line event.

The World Age Group Com­pe­ti­tion will de­ter­mine cham­pi­ons in tram­po­line, dou­ble mini-tram­po­line and tum­bling for boys and girls in age groups, in­clud­ing 11 to 12, 13 to 14, 15 to 16 and 17 to 21.

The U.S. Team for the World Age Group Com­pe­ti­tion was named by the Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee, based on scores from USA Gym­nas­tic Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, as well as bonus points earned at Winter Clas­sic, Elite Chal­lenge and USA Gym­nas­tic Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Raga has trained in gym­nas­tics since she was 5.

“After climb­ing baby gates in her in­fancy and the tallest slides when she was a tod­dler, I re­al­ized that a recre­ational class at Eas­ton’s Ch­e­sa­peake Gym­nas­tics was what she needed,” said Adri­enne Raga, Aliah Raga’s mother.

After only a few months, Raga ad­vanced to Ch­e­sa­peake’s artis­tic gym­nas­tics team, which claimed mul­ti­ple first place team tro­phies her first year, and where Aliah re­ceived a gold medal on bal­ance beam at the state com­pe­ti­tion. By the time Raga was 8, Coach Joan Dy­ott moved her to the Ch­e­sa­peake Gym­nas­tics’ tram­po­line and tum­bling pro­gram.

“With her power and de­ter­mi­na­tion, she was des­tined to suc­ceed there,” Dy­ott said.

Although Raga was ranked sixth in the na­tion for power tum­bling, level 9, in the 11- to 12-year-old age group at the 2016 USAG Tram­po­line and Tum­bling Cham­pi­onships, she was un­able to com­pete in that event dur­ing 2017, due to an in­jury.

Aliah was, how­ever, able to com­pete at the 2017 Fair­land T&T In­vi­ta­tional in tram­po­line, where her five dou­ble som­er­saults earned her a bronze medal, and in dou­ble minitram­po­line, where two dou­ble som­er­saults earned her the gold. She was mo­bi­lized to youth elite sta­tus in both of these events, and went on to com­pete at the 2017 USAG T&T Na­tion­als, tak­ing third place in dou­ble mini-tram­po­line as a youth elite.

“What­ever hap­pens will hap­pen, I am just happy that I will be there,” Raga said about com­pet­ing in Bul­garia.

Cham­pi­ons Booster Club, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing and en­cour­ag­ing Ch­e­sa­peake Gym­nas­tics team mem­bers to reach such heights, is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions to as­sist with the ex­penses in­volved in travel to Sofia, Bul­garia, for the World Age Group Com­pe­ti­tion.

To make a do­na­tion, send checks to Cham­pi­ons Booster Club, c/o Ch­e­sa­peake Gym­nas­tics, 8610 Com­merce Drive, Eas­ton, MD 21601. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Deb­o­rah Davis at 443-239-1194.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

USA Gym­nas­tics has an­nounced the U.S. Tram­po­line and Tum­bling Team for the 2017 World Age Group Com­pe­ti­tion, which will take place Nov. 13 to 20, in Sofia, Bul­garia. Aliah Raga, 12, of Den­ton, a gym­nast at Ch­e­sa­peake Gym­nas­tics in Eas­ton, has been named as a team mem­ber in the com­pe­ti­tion’s dou­ble mini-tram­po­line event.

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