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Bahamian Gymnasts Take a Big Bite in the “Big Apple”
By Gymnastics Bahamas
Feb 17, 2017 - 9:53:42 AM

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BSG’s Award Winning Team at 2017 Manhattan Classic in New York From left: Rhianna Smith (L3), Malia Strachan( L1). Taevia Wright (L3) , Krismerlyn Nixon (L1) and Aemerie Curry (L3) Photo courtesy of Bahamas Star Gymnastics

The “Big Apple” felt a big bite from a small squad of gymnasts who competed in the 2017 Manhattan Classic over the weekend of January 28. The team, sponsored by Bahamas Star Gymnastics and Bahamas Gymnastics Parents Booster Club, filled a tall order to test out a competitive meet for the first time and left proof of their participation in the score books. Level 1’s Krismerlyn Nixon and Malia Strachan teamed up with Level 2’s Aemerie Curry and Level 3’s Rhianna Smith and Taevia Wright to endure the nipping winds of Manhattan in exchange for nipping other competitors on the medal podium.

The Level 1 team duo of Nixon and Strachan tied for first place All Around with a score of 37.025 (of 40) and medaled on all four apparatus. Nixon secured first place finishes on uneven bars and balance beam with Strachan taking the lead for first place on vault and floor exercise. Nixon and Strachan along with other Level 1 teammates wrapped up Atlantis Crown in December in first place in the team standings.

Aemerie Curry, in her second season of competition, rallied to first place All Around for Level 2. After an impressive Level 1 season and posting national records last year, Curry repeated her high bid for national ranking on balance beam (9.650) and floor exercise (9.60). “Curry is a cerebral competitor who is improving her understanding of body movement. After a disappointing start on vault, she mustered the courage to fight back on uneven bars with a second place finish and posted scores more typical of her routines in beam and floor”.

BSG’s Level 1 & 2 Teams earns first place at 2016 Atlantis Crown on Paradise Island .Photo courtesy of Bahamas Star Gymnastics

Rhianna Smith and Taevia Wright who have enjoyed multiple successes in the sport, added their medals to the 19 which the team brought home. Smith’s performance ranked her in third place on vault and uneven bars. Wright who is the shortest of her club’s competitive squad muscled out second place on uneven bars and third place on balance beam.

“From time to time, we test out competitive meets outside the Sunshine State of Florida so that our gymnasts are competing against different pools of competitors and assessed by different judges. Our girls settled their nerves and gave Manhattan a taste of the Bahamas’ hard work in the sport” updated Coach Tenille Thompson who co-chaperoned the team with Coach Makiya Cargill.

Bahamas Star Gymnastics opened its doors in 2010 and will host its annual “Invitational” renamed Sun TwiSTARS in April for the sixth consecutive year. The only local club to currently host a meet and offer training clinics to local coaches, BSG remains committed to improvement in the sport of gymnastics.


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