Gymnasts take to the mats this weekend |

Gymnasts take to the mats this weekend

Gymnasts will be flooding into Glenwood in full force on Saturday as KidzPlex hosts its first-ever gymnastics meet. KidzPlex – a 6,800-square-foot facility at the Midland Center in West Glenwood that officially opened in January – will host 100 gymnasts from around the state, ranging from ages 7-17.Hailing from Denver, Montrose, Pagosa Springs, Grand Junction and other places, the athletes will be divided up into to groups for the meet. The morning session, which starts at 9:30 a.m., will be dominated by the lower-level 7- to 13-year-olds who will perform the same routines.At 2 p.m. the more advanced session will hit the mats as the 11- to 17-year-olds perform individual routines they have created themselves. All of the local athletes who train at KidzPlex are older and compete in the advanced events. Although there are a total of 12 local gymnasts, Saturday’s afternoon session will feature 11.The gymnasts have been training since the facility opened, practicing for three hours a day, three days a week. Heidi Cook, the gymnastics coach at KidzPlex, is looking forward to the competition.”It is a great opportunity for kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to compete in a club sport,” Cook said.It will be one of four regular-season meets Glenwood gymnasts participate in before the state finals take place in the beginning of July.”I anticipate that all of our girls will be in that meet,” Cook said. KidzPlex will be hosting another meet on May 6, but it will be more of a “fun meet,” according to Cook. She believes 50-75 children, from Glenwood, Montrose, Delta, Grand Junction and Rifle, will attend the Western Slope League meet.”It is just for beginners and intermediate, as little as 4 to 5 years old. All the kids get ribbons, medals and get to stand on the podium,” Cook said. “It is a lot of fun for the community and for family and grandparents to come and take pictures.”

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