NORWALK — Norwalk 10-year-old Amaya Prior, a student at Naramake Elementary School, and 22 members of the award-winning Westport Weston Family Y Showtime Exhibition gymnastic team traveled to Cincinnati from June 28- July 1 to compete and win gold at the USA Gymnastics for All National Championships & Gymfest.
Opening ceremonies were held at Newport on the Levee in Newport, Ky. The competition was held at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati. The Family Y gymnasts, ranging in age from 9 to 18, competed against 10 of the top exhibition gymnastic teams in the country and came home with the gold.
Westport Y is one of only two YMCAs in the country with exhibition teams that compete at the national level. The girls performed a required five-minute choreographed number at the national team competition challenge.
The team also performed at Newport on the Levee and a required 10-minute choreographed performance for the Gymfest portion of the national championships.
Westport Y’s exhibition team has now qualified to travel to Dornbirn, Austria, in July 2019 for the 16th World Gymnaestrada as part of the U.S. delegation with USA Gymnastics. The Gymnaestrada is the largest gymnastics event in the world, held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympics.
The team is coached by senior director Sally Silverstein and Lindsay Navarro.