Thursday through Sunday the girls trained in the gym (Source: WALB)
McKenzie Carpenter has been in the sport since she was 15. (Source: WALB)
Benjamin Ledl is the head coach and owner (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
The 3rd annual Tift Gymnastics Academy competitive team camp was this weekend.
60 girls ages 6-15 honed their skills on the vault, beam and floor mats.
The camp started Thursday and runs through Sunday afternoon.
Girls learned skills from coaches across the state like performing flips, sticking landings and maintaining their balance.
A couple Georgia Gym Dogs were among those training the kids.
Many campers like Lee County native McKenzie Carpenter want to be a gym dog one day, she feels camps like these are a good start.
"They get to teach me new things and techniques I don't know of," said McKenzie. "And things I need to learn more to become them. It's so much fun just being able to swing around even when you fall you still get back up and keep going."
Benjamin Ledl is the head coach and owner at the gym. He says these camps are necessary for their growth athletically and socially.
"We go to meets and they compete against each other but there's definitely a home unit that needs to be formed," he said. "And that's what we're doing here. We're bringing girls together here from all over the south all the way to Atlanta and it's really good that they form these bonds and help each other through this thing."
Competition season doesn't start until January, but the girls are using this camp as a kickoff to the training season.