By Jean DePlacido
---- — A trip to Bermuda in January offers anyone a delightful break from the cold weather that has settled in New England.
For a group of gymnasts from Yellow Jackets of Middleton it was not only a great escape, but also a chance to demonstrate their skills at the International Gymnastics Challenge, hosted by the Bermuda Gymnastics Association.
The Yellow Jackets competed against teams from far and wide, including host Bermuda (St. David), Titans (Nova Scotia), Flyers (New Jersey), Gymnastics of York (Pennsylvania), and Thompson’s (Massachusetts). The girls competed at the USAIGC grade levels of copper, bronze, silver, gold and platinum, all of which are based on skill levels.
Coached by Tim Kormann and Ryan Vasquez, the Yellow Jackets fared extremely well against tough competition.
Courtney Kline of Peabody (11 years old) and Emma Quirk of North Andover (8) competed in bronze while Jessica Reid of Peabody (11) was in the silver class. Sarah Burrous of Methuen (18), Taylor Tattan of Beverly (14), Carolyn Kinsella of Boxford (13) and Miranda Marks of Boxford (13) were all in the gold category.
“They did a great job,” said Kormann. “This was a USAIGC event, which follows international rules. We had to register the girls for international competition and they had to make adjustments to the (international) rules. That meant changing things around a bit in their routines, and was especially tough for our youngest girls.”
Reid was first on floor, bars and beam while placing third on vault and second in the all-around with a score of 35.05 in silver competition.
Kinsella won bars and was sixth in all-around (30.30) in gold. Burrous was second on beam and eighth in all-around (30.15), while Marks took second on vault, third on flour and fourth in all-around (33.65). Tattan finished second on bars and all-around (33.85), as well as third on beam.
In bronze competition, Quirk was first on floor and bars and second on the beam, vault and all-around (35.05) while Kline was eighth in all-around (32).
“They had a lot of fun and did all sorts of things while we were there,” said Kormann. “One day the girls took a Ferry ride from one end of the island to the other. There was also a big party for all the teams, and the premier (of Bermuda) stopped by. He had a good time dancing and meeting everybody.
“It was just a great trip.”