Rawhide Gymnastics completes season

Paul Collins
Posted 5/22/24

LUSK - Students of Rawhide Gymnastics received an opportunity to flaunt their newfound talents before an audience of parents and fan on Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday May 15.

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LUSK - Students of Rawhide Gymnastics received an opportunity to flaunt their newfound talents before an audience of parents and fan on Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday May 15. The demonstrations were the culmination of nine training sessions that were held during the winter months. While the snow was falling and the temperatures were dropping, Coach Kristen Gordon led her classes, through a number of moves and routines in the auditorium at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds.  More than 65 students ranging in age from four to 14 learned the fundamentals of the sport. According to Gordon, the end results of the training were more than satisfactory. The coach, a skilled gymnast who has been training and performing since she was five years old, anticipates a considerable amount of returnees when Rawhide Gymnastics opens its door again in the fall.

“I think it went really well,” Gordon told the Herald. “We had a great turn out. I think a lot of the girls will continue in the fall.”

Audience members were treated to a variety of gymnastic routines during the Rawhide Gymnastics showcases, including bar, floor, beam, and vault demonstrations. All of these routines are regarded as centerpieces of competitive gymnastics and require a considerable amount of balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, artistry, and endurance. Anyone attending an official gymnastics competition would expect to see these moves being performed out on the floor.

“For girls’ gymnastics, it’s the main four events,” explained Gordon. “For boys’ gymnastics, there are six events. I am hoping to get a few more events put in for the next session.”

Additions that Gordon would like to see to the showcases include rings, parallel bars, and high bars. Moving forward, Gordon hopes to see Rawhide Gymnastics grow and expand. The coach hopes to see more girls registering, but also wants to add an all-boys class to the mix. When classes resume in the fall, registration will be opened for prior students first, then the community will be permitted to register for any remaining slots. While a specific date for the beginning of fall sessions has yet to be selected, Gordon is aiming at September as the month when classes recommence.