Student Athletes of the Week: Kellam Knights Gymnastics Team is going for five

Twisting. Flying. Tumbling

This is the way of life for the Kellam Knights Gymnastics Team. Another way of life is winning state titles. They have four and on Friday they look to make it five.

Coach Debi Strausbaugh likes her team.

“It’s all about peaking at the right time. This is the time that it all comes together. All the hard work pays off,” says Strausbaugh.

Senior captain Alanna Parker adds.

“It will be very exciting we worked so hard for this all year long. We are confident . We will do what we practiced all year long,” says Parker.

“It takes about 400 times to master a skill to finally get it right. You practice it so you don’t do it wrong anymore,” according to the coach.

That number 400 means these girls practice each routine five times a day for four months

Kellam senior Maddie Smith says, “It has taken a toll on our bodies. We have overcome a lot of injuries and struggles this season.”

One thing this team has not struggled with is winning and winning back-to-back titles is the only thing on their minds.

“It would mean a lot,” senior captain Symone Moore says. “It will show that it isn’t a stroke of good luck but that we earned it.”

To earn it they will need to get by their closest competitor, the Great Bridge Wildcats.

The ‘Cats are led by their two seniors, Courtney Adams and Ashley Lee .

These two girls have been taking names and kicking—well, you know.

Kellam will have a slight advantage as they are scheduled to follow them on each routine.

Smith has one message for her team: “Keep it consistent and keep our confidence. We all know we can do it.”