Two local gymnasts, Virginia Bailey and Emma Schroeder, recently earned top honors in the Junior Olympic Regional Championships.
Virginia Bailey, age 13, a straight-A seventh grade student at
Emma Schroeder, age 9, a straight-A fourth grade student at Bluewater Bay Elementary, won second place all-around in her age group with a score of 37.875 at the Region 8 Junior Olympic Level 8 Regional Championships. Emma is also the Regional Vault Champion with a first place finish with a score of 9.425 and the Regional Balance Beam Champions with a first place finish with a score of 9.6. She also placed third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.375 and fourth on the floor exercise with a score of 9.475.
Emma also placed fifth all-around with a score of 37.575 at the Level 8 Junior Olympic Florida State Championship held in
“Emma was the second youngest gymnast in her age group at Regionals and competed with the maturity and grace of someone much older,” Dwyer said. “ I have coached a lot of children over the last 30 years and I have to say Emma is one of the most talented, toughest and hardest working young athletes I have ever had the privilege to work with. Expect to see even greater achievements from this young lady in the future!”
U.S. Gold is currently in the process of adding another 10,000 square feet of competitive team training space and equipment to help facilitate the success of their Junior Olympic gymnasts.
“With this added space and state of the art training stations, we will be able to train the boys and girls more efficiently and safely to ensure that U.S. Gold will continue to produce even more State, Regional and National Champions ,” Dwyer said.