Local pair excels in gymnastics regional

Two local gymnasts spun the southeast region on its head last month, claiming all-around titles, an accomplishment unusual for Northwest Florida, which isn’t known for top-end gymnastics.

Emi Goto and Hannah Gray compete with the Gulf Breeze Gymnastics team and took top honors in their respective skill levels at the USA Gymnastics Region 8 championships held in late April in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The teenage friends are workout partners who share a common love of handstands, flips and the results of hard work.

Hannah is 14 and attends Alethia Christian Academy in Pensacola. She won three individual event medals in her Level 8 competition at the regional – gold in the vault and uneven bars and silver on floor – in addition to the top honor overall.

Emi attends Gulf Breeze Middle School. In addition to her Level 7 all-around title, the 14-year-old earned silver medals in the uneven bars and beam.

Hard work and the coaching efforts of Paul and Mandy Miller helped lead to their success.

Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.

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