Cayman’s junior boys’ gymnasts catapulted to high marks on 17 November at the 2018 Georgia Judges Cup, held at the Roswell Gymnastics Centre in Roswell, Georgia.
Three of Cayman’s four gymnasts topped their respective levels with 15-year old Igor Magalhaes finishing first among 125 athletes in competition. Magalhaes, a Level 8 competitor, received top marks for all six of his events, finishing with an all-around score of 69.100.
“I feel pretty good. I went in pretty confident and performed how I wanted to,” said Magalhaes. “I’ve got more strength and more confidence. Coach Mikey has helped me on high bars and others apparatuses, so I was able to compete some new stuff.
After competing at the Junior Pan American Championships in June, Cayman’s top junior boys’ competitor said he hopes his success in Georgia translates to positive results at the upcoming Islands Games in Gibraltar.
“Definitely advancing in difficulty. I have been training very hard for Islands Games. This year I hope for a podium finish.”
Another of Cayman’s gymnasts to impress was 11-year old Kaleb Woolaver. Competing in the second session of Level 6, Woolaver earned the top score for gymnasts ages 10 and older within the level.
“I didn’t compete with the other level sixes, I competed with my teammates, but I think I did very good,” said Woolaver. “I think I did good on high bar, and I could improve my rings in getting the order correct.”
11-year old Alex Hare was Cayman’s third performer to impress in Georgia. Competing in Level 4, Hare finished atop the group of 12, scoring top marks for both rings and vault. Hare said the meet’s size allowed him to focus on execution.
“My second meet ever was a really big meet where we competed in a baseball stadium with 4,000 seats,” said Hare. “For rings, I thought my holds were good. I stuck my vault, when a lot of people took steps.”
14-year-old Karthik Adapa rounded out Cayman’s competitors, finishing 3rd overall out of four competitors in Level 7. Adapa was said to be nursing injuries throughout the meet.
Boys and girls amateur gymnasts will return to the mats 8th December for Motions Unlimited’s ‘Holiday Festival.’