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2017 Region 5 Junior Olympic All Star Team Announced!

Congratulations to the athletes, coaches and parents for this prestigious achievement. On behalf of the Region 5 Committee, we want to congratulate all of you for an outstanding national championships competition. You have shown strength, power and grace with confidence and represented Region 5 FEARLESSLY!

2017 All Star Team Announcement (printable version)

2017 Region 5 All Star Team

In Rank Order
NameGymAge GroupRegionalNationalTotal
1 - Kai RiversMI - TwistarsSr. A38.70038.52577.225
2 - Matilyn WaligoraMI - OlympiaJr. F38.65038.57577.225
3 - Gabryel WilsonMI- OlympiaJr. F38.67538.50077.175
4 - Payton RichardsIL - Aerial GymSr. A38.47538.42576.900
5 - Sierra BrooksIL - AspireJr. E38.20038.37576.575
6 - Ella CesarioIL - Legacy EliteJr. B38.32538.05076.375
7 - Andrea LiIL - Legacy EliteJr. E38.92537.37576.300
8 - Sarah HargroveOH - CincinnatiSr. C37.90038.27576.175
9 - Alyssa Al-AshariMI - TwistarsJr. C38.52537.62576.150
10 - Chloe BellmoreMI - TwistarsJr. F38.25037.80076.050
11 - Makarri DoggetteOH - BuckeyeSr. B37.10038.75075.850
12 - JerQuavia HendersonIL - Gym CornerJr. E37.95037.85075.800

2017 Region 5 All Star Team (Alternates)

* In Rank Order
(These athletes may be used if one or more of the above athletes cannot attend the international experience.)
13 - Haley TysonLI - PhenomJr. C37.87537.77575.650
14 - Delanie HarknessMI - TwistarsJr. D38.20037.42575.625
15 - Isabel RedmondMI - OlympiaJr. F38.35037.25075.600

Region 5 All Star Team Announced!

We are very excited to announce the Junior Olympic 2016 Region 5 All Star team.

Congratulations to the athletes, coaches and parents for this prestigious achievement.  Making the top 12 JO spots is quite an accomplishment especially in our highly talented region.  All of you should be extremely proud.

On behalf of the Region 5 Committee we want to congratulate all of you for an outstanding national championships competition.  You have been amazing representing Region 5 and we thank you for your dedication and commitment.

This year we are planning an international experience to Costa Rica.  We are currently looking at the end of October and will have more details soon.

 

2016 ALL STAR TEAM

In Rank Order

Name Gym Age Group Regional National Total
1-Payton Richards IL – Aerials Jr. E 38.725 38.350 77.075
2-Andrea Li IL – Legacy Elite Jr. C 38.675 38.375 77.050
3-Anastasia Webb IL – IGI Sr. B 38.375 38.550 76.925
4-Matilyn Waligora MI – Olympia Jr. C 38.400 38.175 76.575
5-Sierra Brooks IL – Aspire Jr. C 37.875 38.375 76.250
6-Kai Rivers MI – Twistars Jr. D 38.350 37.800 76.150
7-Sarah Smith IN – JPAC Sr. D 37.925 38.100 76.025
8-Emma Pritchard OH – Gym X-treme Jr. B 37.725 38.000 75.725
9-Bridget Killian IL – Legacy Elite Sr. A 37.825 37.825 75.650
10-Leah Clapper MI – Gym America Jr. D 37.575 37.950 75.525
11-Anne Maxim MI – Olympia Sr. C 37.800 37.700 75.500
12-MicKayla Stuckey OH – Cincinnati Jr. C 37.500 37.925 75.425

 

Alternates in Rank Order – These athletes may be used if one or more of the above athletes cannot attend the international experience.

13-Delanie Harkness MI – Twistars Jr. B 37.825 37.525 75.350
14-Samantha Medel IL – Legacy Elite Jr. C 37.500 37.625 75.150
15-Gracen Standley OH – Cincinnati Sr. D 36.975 38.125 75.100

**NOTE – Gabryel Wilson (MAG) ineligible – did not attend a regional training camp.

2016 All Star Team Announcement (Printable Version)

Judges Opportunity – Region 5 All Star Trip

The Region 5 All Star Trip will be to the World Championships in Scotland on October 26-November 1, 2015. Any interested National or Brevet Judge that would like to be considered to be selected to assist and participate with the Region 5 activities is encouraged to send an e-mail to Char Christensen, Kittia Carpenter and Dave Stiles by July 1, 2015. The early deadline is to get airline tickets for the entire group.
This opportunity is paid for by the judge with a $ 500 stipend by the Region 5 USA Gymnastics Committee to assist in covering partial expenses.
Thank you for considering this wonderful Region 5 opportunity.
Char Christensen, Region 5 Regional Technical Chair

Congratulation to Our 2015 Region 5 All Star Team

We are very excited to announce the  2015 Junior Olympic Region 5 All Star Team. . . . . . .

(Click Here for Printable Version of  2015 All Star Team!)

Congratulations to the athletes, coaches and parents for this prestigious achievement. Making the top 12 JO spots is quite an accomplishment especially in our highly talented region. All of you should be extremely proud.

On behalf of the Region 5 Committee we want to congratulate all of you for an outstanding national championships competition. You have been amazing representing Region 5 and we thank you for your dedication and commitment.

This year we are planning an international experience to attend World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Travel dates are approximately October 25th – November 1st, 2015.

2015 ALL STAR TEAM
In Rank Order

Name Gym Age Group Regional National Total
1-Shea Mahoney IL – Legacy Sr. B 38.800 37.950 76.750
2-Makarri Doggette OH – Buckeye Jr. B 38.125 38.425 76.550
3-Alyssa Al-Ashari MI – Twistars Jr. A 37.975 38.300 76.275
4-Kai Rivers MI – Twistars Jr. B 37.700 38.575 76.275
5-Matilyn Waligora MI – Olympia Jr. B 38.100 38.075 76.175
6-Jenna Swartzenentruber OH – Buckeye Jr. C 37.975 38.150 76.125
7-Sonte Turnage IL-Legacy Jr. A 38.050 37.900 75.950
8-Andrea Li IL-Legacy Jr. A 38.025 37.875 75.900
9-Rachel Dickson MI – MEGA Sr. B 38.150 37.725 75.875
10-Eliana Lazzari IL – GymNasti Jr. A 37.725 37.850 75.575
11-Mallory Mizuki MI – Olympia Jr. B 37.950 37.600 75.550
12-Sarah Hargrove OH – Cincinnati Jr. C 37.900 37.575 75.475

Alternates in Rank Order – These athletes may be used if one or more of the above athletes cannot attend the international experience.

13-Gabryel Wilson MI – MAG Jr. B 37.725 37.700 75.425
14-Karen Howell MI – Olympia Sr. B 37.325 38.025 75.350
15-Sierra Brooks IL – Aspire Jr. A 37.800 37.500 75.300

 

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All Star Trip – A Judges Opportunity

Any National, Elite, or Brevet Judge that would like to be considered to travel on October 20-26, 2014 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic should contact Char Christensen (charchristensen@icloud.com) and Kittia Carpenter (kittiac@buckeyegymnastics.com) by June 1, 2014.

Expenses are paid by the judge with a donation from Region 5 RJD, Hilary Carlson.

It is an educational and fun opportunity to be a part of the Region 5 All Star Trip. If more than one judge is interested, the Region 5 Committee will make a final decision.

Thank you for considering this opportunity !

2012 Allstar Trip Wrap-Up by John Geddert

2012 Allstar Trip Wrap-Up

by John Geddert

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Panama City: A Hidden Jewel

Each year we schedule and plan an international experience for our Region 5 All Star Team. Each year we stumble on a plethora of educational information about the city, country, people and or culture of our chosen destination.

I really do not think that anyone expected Panama to be as it was. To our delight this country, more specifically Panama City, is the hidden jewel of Latin America. Most expected a small impoverished city, with sub standard living conditions. We experienced something on the opposite end of that spectrum. We saw a beautiful, well constructed, BIG CITY with a skyline that can challenge the best. We were greeted, housed, fed, entertained and treated like royalty by some of the most genuine and caring people that we have every had the pleasure of meeting. The 2012 All Star Team Trip ranks at the top of our list of experiences.

Our trip included a 3 day training camp with several countries (Columbia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and host Panama), where our coaches shared valuable developmental gymnastics information with the attending coaches and athletes. The Region 5 athletes served as assistant coaches and worked with the campers to improve their gymnastics skills and knowledge. After camp, our coaches presented lectures on the 4 events, Dance and Conditioning, which were very well received.

One of our goals associated with these international opportunities is to share the wealth of knowledge that we have been blessed with here in Region 5. Judging by the outpouring of positive feedback we accomplished this goal. Judging by the heartfelt handshakes, endearing embraces and a few tear filled eyes at goodbye we accomplished far more than anyone could imagine. It is truly inspirational to assist others with the learning process that can be overwhelming in this technically demanding sport but more than that to sincerely connect with people puts the experience on an entirely new level

Part of the festivities included a Gymnastics Gala where the campers put on a show for the local community and gymnastics sponsors. The host Club (No Limits) put on a great display including stage lighting and music. Our girls performed combinations or watered down routines to the delight of those in attendance. Head coach Andres Llanos and his business partners are to be commended for providing such a unique experience for our athletes and coaches. Through the entire week this organization went above and beyond any and all expectations. They were gracious and giving hosts, and our entire delegation sincerely appreciated the efforts. Our athletes and coaches were treated like rock stars!

The grand finale was a celebration banquet, which once again was pure class. We got a taste of some local cuisine, music and some dancing. The girls and coaches exchanged gifts and furthered the bonding experience throughout the night. By the end of our 3rd full day together it was very apparent that our motto “making friends around the world … one country at a time” had become reality.

The next day we visited the Panama Canal which is one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of all time. Several of our delegation experienced a VIP tour which is generally reserved for heads of state, celebrities, kings and dignitaries. We got an up close exposure to the locks and their operational procedures. Certainly one of the marvels of the modern day world, the Panama Canal “once in a lifetime” experience, will be remembered by all.

Our last day and a half was spent in true reward fashion at an all inclusive beach resort on the southern side of Panama.  Some well deserved pool and beach time, sea shell hunting, jet skiing, fine dining and Karaoke (some pretty good singing talent in this group of athletes) filled the itinerary. The Pacific beach resort was breath taking and provided the perfect ending to a perfect week.

We had an exceptional group of athletes and coaches for this trip. The athletes (Grace Williams, Kamerin Moore, Bailey Gardner, Anna Hill and Rachel Haines from Twistars USA, Payton Richards and Marissa Oakley-Phenom, Jessica Peszek-Deveaus, Nicole Gendussa-IGI, Tenielle Funches-United, Mary Jane Horth-Gym World, Sydney McGlone-Universal, Nicole Artz-Champions USA, Alyssa Shermataro- Olympia, Amanda Wellick-Legacy Elite, and Melissa Zurawski- BIG, ) all represented their clubs, states and region with class. The coaches (Todd Gardiner-IGI, Jessica Holtz-Phenom, Dave Anthony-Universal, Glen Willmeng-United, Tom Strange-DeVeaus, Tami Jacobs- Champion USA, Lori Koch- Olympia, Dana Poncin and Kara Kapernakas-BIG, Joan and Greg Ganim-Gym World and Yuejiu Li- Legacy Elite) and Judge (Kittia Carpenter- Buckeye) worked their tails off so as to provide our hosts with as much gymnastics information as possible in the limited time available.  Thanks to the entire delegation for making this trip an incredible experience for all.

Every trip has it’s unsung heroes. For this trip that would be our volunteer chaperones, Michelle Hill and Kristin Moore. These two moms stepped up to offer their assistance and filled the demanding roll very well. Some might think this is a glorious position and we would like to think that they both enjoyed themselves, but this role is work 24/7. Not only do they get to play the role of nannies, nurses, chefs, shoppers, sitters, body guards and more, they get to do so at their own expense. Thanks Kristin and Michelle you both were wonderful!

A common denominator in most of our regional events over the past 5-6 years is the name Kristin Moore. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge her efforts in the organizational details, communication updates, providing information, securing airline tickets and more. Once again she was amazing and the major reason for the smooth sailing associated with our trip to Panama. THANKS KRISTIN!

As always the final thanks goes to the Region 5 Committee, under the sterling leadership of Bobbi Montanari and the Region 5 Gymnastics Membership for their undying support of this generous reward system that we have. Region 5 is simply incredible and YOU are the reason! Thanks!

Respectfully Submitted,

John Geddert
Region 5 JOPCC