Alyssa Firth, right, and Hannah Bush strike a pose inside Texas Tumblers gymnasium in Harker Heights.

Several girls from Texas Tumblers gymnastics recently won dozens of medals for their performances in state and regional competitions the last few weeks.

The Wichita State University Heskett Center in Kansas hosted the competitions. “We have two Level 9 (girls) that made it to regionals,” said Kim Walsh, owner of Texas Tumblers. “There are seven states that get to go to regionals and they were chosen for this state.”

USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics, divides skills into 10 normal levels and two elite levels.

Walsh said at least 60 competitors from other states competed in the regional championship. The gym teaches gymnastics to kids ages 4-18. “I think they learn all sorts of things that will carry them through life as far as priorities, discipline and dedication,” she said.

Hannah Bush, a 15-year-old Level 9 gymnast, competed at regionals. She placed ninth on bars. “It’s a fun sport to be in,” she said. “It’s competitive and you want to keep getting better at it.” Bush is hoping to make it to Level 10 so she can compete in nationals next year.

Lauren Carter, 14, has been doing gymnastics for nine years and also made it to regionals this year. “I think it’s a way to teach you how to work hard and reach your goals,” she said. “But I was nervous and thought it was a good experience.”

She said she is striving to become a college gymnast.

Many tumblers also competed in state championships in Denton and Whitney.

“I was nervous but I wanted to win and I did,” said Alyssa Firth, 9, who placed first all around in her division. “I was really excited and surprised that I did so well. I’m doing Level 7 USAG. My goal is to do more difficult skills and go on to at least Level 9.”

The girls are training for the start of the next season in September. “We were all so excited for them since this is the first time they won the title at state,” Walsh said. “I am really proud of the girls.”

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