There is always something to celebrate at Everest Gymnastics. For May, this is the gym’s inclusion in the 2019 Junior Olympic National Championship. Not one, but six Everest athletes were selected.
According to coaches at Everest Gymnastics, Julianna Weil, Haleigh Bryant, Bryn Bartman, Emily Buffington, Amber Lowe, and Leanne Desmond will represent Everest in Indianapolis on May 18 and 19.
The Junior Olympic National Championships will feature more than 650 gymnasts from across the country. The event, which is staged by USA Gymnastics, showcases 12 age divisions for junior and senior athletes. There are four exercises: floor, balance beam, vault, and uneven bars. Only the top seven gymnasts from each of USA Gymnastics’ eight regions are invited to attend. Of these, the top four from each age group qualify for the Junior Olympic National Team. These girls will be invited to attend a special Olympic training camp where their skills will be further evaluated and refined.
Everest Gymnastics is a Region 8 training facility, alongside others in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
In addition to the students attending the Junior Olympics National Championship, Everest Gymnastics gymnast Lexi Myers has qualified as a Level 9 to the Eastern National Championships, which will be held the previous weekend in Kissimmee, Florida. Hosted by the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, Osceola Heritage Park, and Orlando Metro Gymnastics, the Junior Olympic Level 9 Championships is an excellent venue for up-and-coming athletes to gain experience.
Everest Gymnastics is no stranger to the spotlight, and many of its gymnasts, including Haleigh Bryant and Amber Lowe, have garnered national attention for their skill and unwavering determination in gymnastics. These two are definitely strong contenders for the 2019 Junior Olympics team, and both have what it takes to succeed.
Lead coaches Yiwen Chen and Qi Han applaud each of these young ladies and look forward to their performances at their respective events. While there will be many long hours of training before the competitions, they have faith that these girls’ hard work will pay off and that they will reap the rewards of self-satisfaction knowing they have done their best on a national stage.