Denton girl named to USA Gymnastics team
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.
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.