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Local gymnasts shine at national competition

Tumble Stars gymnasts Lydia Gragert, Ellianna Rusler, Leighton Bryant, Addison Isaacs, and Journey Winsett at AAU Nationals in Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, June 29. Photo provided

By Valerie Scott
Midwest City Beacon

A group of local gymnasts shined on the national stage.

Tumble Stars, a local gymnastics studio, had several girls place at the AAU National Championships last month in Springfield, Illinois.

“There were teams from California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.It is a very big competition,” said Rebekah Morales, of Tumble Stars. “We had 11 of our girls place in singular events and three of our girls won all-around in their division.”

Gymnasts Mia Gudino, Catie Barnwell, Breyona Drake, Abby Longoria, Peyton Rogers, Landry Miller, Izzabella Freeman, Addison Isaacs, Lydia Gragert, Leighton Bryant, Journey Winsett, Ellianna Rusler, Lucy Taylor, Lillian Carter, Natali Wray, Paisley Jeffcoat, Hannah Ladd, Kiera Boyle, Sophia Bud, Everleigh Rusler, Anabelle Grunow, Faith Hulbert, Zahra Young, and Kambree Anderson all placed during the national competition.

Tumble Stars offers gymnastics classes for all ages in Midwest City. The gym is a family-owned and operated business and has been open for 23 years. Morales and her sister Kelley Taylor own the gym and have 26 years of coaching and gymnastics under their belts. Their mother also helps with the company and handles bookkeeping. And their father inspired them to open the business.

“We worked at Quest for Gold, a gym years and years ago. When it closed my dad said ‘well why don’t you start your own,’” Morales said. “We began 23 years ago with only a pre-k class and worked up from there.”

Classes begin based on age but as the levels move up, the classes are based on the current skill sets of the gymnast.

“We also have an all-boys class as well.”

The business is not only owned and operated by family but the coaches are also former gymnasts at Tumble Stars.

“We kind of grow our own staff. As our competition kids get older, we start training them for coaching. So several of the girls that went and competed also coach at the gym now,” said Morales.

Right: Everleigh Rusler, Tumble Stars Gymnast places two bronze titles, Sophia Budd, places three gold, one silver, and one bronze at AAU Nationals. Photo provided

Kiera Boyle, Tumble Stars Gymnast placed two bronze, one silver, and one gold title at AAU Nationals in Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, June 29. Photo provided

Elissa Monroe, coach of six years and former Tumble Star, gives demonstration on proper jump technique during practice on Monday, June 11. Photo by Valerie Scott

Brooke Hightower about to practice her jumps on the air mat on Monday, June 11. Photo by Valerie Scott

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