The gymnasts at Valley Isle Gymnastics did not let their small island, underdog status overwhelm them, and ranked well in their Oahu competition earlier this month. Athletes aged eight to 12 competed there in the Princess Classic meet, hosted at Island Tumblers Gymnastics. The meet was open to all gymnastics training centers in the state.
“There’s never been any doubt in my mind that these young ladies are tough and committed to their sport,” says Coach Ajja DeShayne. “One of our parents summed up our experience quite well: Drowned in Oahu teams, each one of our girls disrupted the other teams’ dominance and climbed on the award podium repeatedly!”
The girls are well aware that they’re currently representing the only USA competitive gymnastics experience in Maui County. Athlete Shyanne Sheldon was able to bend Mayor Alan Arakawa’s ear at the Maui County Fair, explaining her recent accomplishments in Oahu. Arakawa, in turn, presented Shyanne with an official mayoral pin, honoring her for the work she’d invested up to that point and wishing her well in representing all of Maui County in her upcoming competitions. “She was on cloud nine for days,” said Shannon Sheldon, Shyanne’s mother.
Here are the Valley Isle Gymnastics athletes’ scores and rankings from the Oct. 9, 2011 Princess Classic:
Shyanne Sheldon: 9.00 vault (3rd place), 9.00 bars (4th place), 8.90 beam (2nd place tie), 9.30 floor (3rd place), 36.20 all-around (3rd place)
Kiara Soledade: 9.00 vault (2nd place tie), 8.05 (7th place), 8.10 (7th place), 9.00 (3rd place tie), 34.15 all-around (5th place)
Makena Derby: 9.30 vault (1st place tie), 9.15 bars (2nd place), 8.55 beam (3rd place), 9.00 floor (2nd place tie), 36.00 all-around (2nd place)
Kristina Goetz: 9.00 vault (5th place tie), 9.25 (2nd place), 8.80 beam (5th place tie), 9.35 floor (2nd place tie), 36.40 all-around (4th place)
Nohealani Ledesma: 9.25 vault (1st place), 7.45 bars (6th place), 7.50 beam (7th place), 7.975 floor (6th place tie), 32.175 all-around (7th place)
Megan Bouthillier: 8.55 vault (8th place), 7.40 bars (8th place), 7.85 beam (8th place), 7.175 floor (8th place), 30.975 all-around (8th place)
Valley Isle Gymnastics will be attending its next competition on Oct. 30 at Kokokahi Gymnastics on Oahu. For more information or to join Valley Isle Gymnastics call 808-871-6116, visit valleyislegymnastics.com or email email@example.com