On July 26th, six Perry County gymnasts from Studios Unlimited Tumbling/Trampoline traveled to Houston, Texas for a four day competition at the AAU Junior Olympics. The athletes represented the state of Kentucky during completion and opening ceremonies.
The group got to Houston on Wednesday, and participated in a team practice. On Thursday, the competition began, with each athlete having to go through the preliminaries to set up rankings for the finals.
The athletes brought home 12 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 2 Bronze. In the finals, they competed 16 times, and won 12 gold medals (ribbons were given for the preliminaries).
Results: Amanda Back: trampoline (silver) and double-mini (gold). Augusta Campbell: trampoline (gold), double-mini (gold) and single-mini (gold). Ian Montgomery: trampoline (gold), double-mini (gold), single-mini (gold) and tumbling (gold). Owen Montgomery: trampoline (gold) and double-mini (gold). Grace Epperson: tumbling (6th), trampoline (bronze) double-mini (gold). Natalie Combs: trampoline (gold) double-mini (gold). *** This year was the first year the single-mini has been used in competition.
Studios Unlimited has three athletes on the AAU National All-Star team: Michael Jones, Elivia Gibson and Grace Epperson. Epperson was the only one that was able to attend the event, and participated in the opening ceremonies, performing on the trampoline and double-mini.
Several athletes also earned high-point association awards for the state of Kentucky. Amanda Back: Double-mini trampoline. Augusta Campbell: Double-mini trampoline. Ian Montgomery: Double-mini trampoline and Single-mini trampoline. Owen Montgomery: Double-mini trampoline. Grace Epperson: Double-mini trampoline and trampoline. Natalie Combs: trampoline. The students are now preparing for the 2016-2017 season.
Tony McGuire can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.