Roman Team Challenge to soar Dec. 12

They’re flying higher, they’re balancing with precision, and now it’s time to put those hard-earned skills to the test.FlyerRTC

The fifth annual Rome Aerials gymnastics Roman Team Challenge will dominate the gym on Saturday, December 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. With 140 gymnasts participating in 12 different United States of America Gymnastics levels, the public is invited to attend the exhibition that will surely wow spectators.

Gymnasts will perform routines on vaults, bars, beams and floor, said Matt Zollitsch, Head Gymnastics Coach at the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Department.

“This meet has a ‘World Theme,’” Zollitsch explained. “The athletes dress up in their country of choice for the march-in ceremonies and awards.  Our teams have expanded in numbers and progressed in skill level since the opening of the SPLOST-funded Gymnastics Center.  We are very excited to see the progression and stabilization of this program continue through the years.”

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Kendall Arasmith, a level 10 Rome Aerials Gymnast, smiles between her coaches, Rana Pyle (left) and Matt Zollitsch.

Zollitsch said Rome Aerials will have 40 team members competing from Levels 3 to 10, including their only Level 10 gymnast, Kendall Arasmith, who will be competing in her final home meet. Arasmith is a senior at Armuchee High School and is currently looking into three collegiate gymnastics teams, he said.

“We welcome anyone who wants to come out to see what we do here at the gymnastics center,” Zollitsch said. “This event is great for the community and shows parents and kids what gymnastics is all about.”

Tickets, $5 for adults and $3 for kids 6-12 years old, can be purchased at the door. The Roman Team Challenge will be held at the Parks and Recreation Gymnastics Center located at 1 Shorter Avenue.

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