Hough High School’s basketball court was recently a flurry of activity. But it wasn’t dribbles and dunks that took center stage. Athletes from Everest Gymnastics took over the school’s gymnasium for the annual Everest Classic. More than 500 talented gymnasts from North and South Carolina and Georgia took part in the event.
Q: What is the Everest Classic?
Everest Gymnastics: The Everest Classic is one of the biggest gymnastics events in the state. This is the eighth year that Everest has sponsored the competition, which saw more than 500 Junior Olympic gymnasts and Xcel athletes show off their skills on the floor, balance beam, vault, and uneven bars.
Q: How many students from Everest participated?
Everest Gymnastics: We are elated to claim that 89 of our own students qualified for the Everest Classic. More than just individual performances, our teams really brought their stuff, and we are pleased to say that seven groups of girls made first place.
Q: Why are these events important?
Everest Gymnastics: Many gymnastics schools sponsor events sanctioned by USA Gymnastics each year. The scores they receive help determine whether they qualify to compete at the state level. This year, the competition was judged by US Gymnastics Certified Judges from Texas and North Carolina. Individual gymnasts can take home up to five medals at each meet, which also serves as a gauge of their progress from year to year. The Everest Classic and events like it further serve as a proving ground to allow these talented young athletes to show off their skills.
Q: Will Everest continue with the event in 2020?
Everest Gymnastics: Absolutely. We’re pleased to announce that we are scheduled for February 22nd and 23rd 2020. This event will take place at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center in Rock Hill South Carolina at a cost of $110 per athlete. Deadline for registration is December 15, 2019.