FPD Gymnastics Jumping into History Books

FPD Gymnastics Jumping into History Books

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Gymnasts make their stunts look so easy anyone could do it.

But that's just not the case.  A lot of work happens behind the scenes before you see that final product.

"Um, gymnastics is a sport," says freshman Caroline Radcliff, when asked what she'd say to people who doubted it.  "I'd like to see some of y'all come out here and try to do some of the stuff that we do."

Radcliff is part of FPD's brand new gymnastics squad. The four girls have only been practicing together as a team for less than a month.

"The school has been considering the possibility of starting a gymnastics team for a few years," says head coach Chelsea Wegesin.  "It would be a great addition to cheerleading, and it's a pretty unique offering for high schools in that high schools all around Georgia have gymnastics teams, but it was very unique to middle Georgia."

Right now, the girls don't have their own facility, but the folks at The Gym Nest off Mercer University Drive were nice enough to let them use their facility until FPD gets one of its own.

"Gymnastics is the basis for everything," says Tina Hutchinson, owner of The Gym Nest.  "It's the foundation for all sports. It's also been linked to helping kids in school.  I would say come watch a high school meet.  You will see from beginners all the way up to your level 10, top gymnasts in the country."

Jones County is the only other middle Georgia school with a team.  That means most of the Vikings' meets will be held in other parts of the state.

No matter where they're competing, gymnastics is more than just a sport to these girls. 

It's a getaway.

"It's something that makes me feel really happy when I do it," says junior Meredith Hunnicutt.  "It's more than just flipping around and doing cartwheels. It's a lot of strength and mindset and conditioning."

The girls' first meet is February 15 at Sequoyah High School in Canton. 

If you'd like to get your child involved in gymnastics, check out The Gym Nest online at thegymnest.com.


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