The members of the Steamboat Stars will tell you that the sport of gymnastics is a year-round love.
For 12-months a year, club members meet three times a week for two hours each day. The meet season generally falls in September, but the team meets all year working on the different aspects of a sport which takes a lot of time and energy just to learn.
"We spend hours in the gym working," Atkins said. "These girls have a tremendous amount of dedication to the sport. It's not the type of thing you start one week and compete in the next."
On May 13, the local members got a chance to compete in Meeker and returned with some pretty impressive results.
"We were very proud of these gymnasts. It is nice to see their hard work, perseverance and love for the sport pay off it's awesome."
Two of the team's members, 12-year-old Veronica Eddy and 9-year-old Corri Bradbury, both scored 9.0s for the first time ever. Both gymnasts have been with the team for the last three years.
Eddy's top score came in the bar routine. She also chalked up a score of 8.5 in a floor routine which she choreographed herself.
Bradbury earned first-place honors in all four events that she competed in. She received the 9.0 for her floor exercise.
The team also had several newcomers, most who have been with the team for at least a year, but were competing for the first time.
Corina Wentzel, Jordan Hill, Brianna Schaffer and Genna Bradley all competed for the first time and received scores ranging from 7.25 to 8.4 in the beam, floor, bars and vault exercises at the meet. Several team members including Kim Chotvac, Leah Lambrecht and Hiedi Lord were unable to attend the meet, but will be back in time for the fall season.
"We are looking forward to an awesome meet season in September," Atkins said.
Summer gymnastics classes are now open. For information or to join call the Gymnastic Center at 879-1624 or Atkins at home at 871-0381.
To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org