More than 500 gymnasts will be in the Tyler this weekend for the Seventh Annual Rose City Classic Gymnastics Invitational.
Texas East Gymnastics is hosting the three-day event at the Herrington Patriot Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler. The Classic begins on Friday and continues through Sunday.
“The hospitality, great competition and incredible venue continue to attract top teams from Texas and surrounding states,” said Martin Parsley, Texas East Gymnastics coach and Classic director. “Many current collegiate athletes have competed at the event over the past six years, including athletes currently representing LSU, Arkansas, Florida and Michigan (universities).”
He added, “this year’s event looks to be as competitive as ever. The Texas East Gymnastics teams is coming off an outstanding 2012 in which five athletes competed at the Junior Olympic National Level and ‘Meet Scores Online” recognized the club as the third best women’s gymnastics program in the country.”
Parsley said 2013 has started out just as promising with the Level 10 team winning the Pike’s Peak Cup in Colorado Springs, Colo., in January.
“Our athletes are training hard every day,” Parsley said. “We have several top athletes doing difficult, elite level skills and a big group of young dedicated gymnasts who are just making their mark on the sport. It is an exciting time and the Rose City Classic gives us a chance to compete in front of a home crowd.”
The Rose City Classic “main event” features the level 10 session, the top Junior Olympic competitive level and it will take place at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
The Texas East Gymnastics Booster Club is a non-profit organization that aims to defray the high costs of traveling and competing in the sport of gymnastics.
All proceeds from the event support the Booster Club with a portion donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the 2013 Charitable Event Partner, in honor of TEG teammate Ceilie Crawford.
The young Crawford competed in last year’s event and then had back surgery and is scheduled to compete in this year’s Classic, Parsley said.
Teams expected to compete include: Acrofit Gymnastics, AcroSports (Louisiana), AcroSports (Texas), Artemov Gymnastics, Beaumont Gymnastics Academy, Bossier Olympiad,CC Gymnastics, Champion Gymnastics, Cypress Academy, Endeavor Elite Gymnastic Academy, Golden Grip Gymnastics, HUGS Elite Gymnastics, J&R Gymnastics, Jacksonville Gymnastics, Jill’s Gymnastics, Juergen’s Academy, K2 Academy, Lakeshore Gymnastics Academy, Maverick All Star Tumblers, Mazeika’s Elite Gymnastics, Olympia Hills Gymnastics, Piney Woods Gymnastics, Powerhouse TNT Gymnastics, Sulphur Springs Gymnastics, Red River Gymnastics, Rock Solid Athletics, Rowland/Ballard Gymnastics, Texas East Gymnastics, Texas Tumblers, The Rock, U.S. Gold, University of Gymnastics, West Houston Gym, WGA Texans and United Elite.