April 24, 2010 Ali Watkins went to the U.S.T.A. State Meet in Morehead, Ky. She placed 1ST in Sub-Advanced on the Trampoline, Double Mini and in Tumbling devisions. Ali is a native of Marshall County and attends Lakewood Gymnastics, in Paducah, KY. she is 9 years old. Ali has trained with gym owner Jim Swickl for the past 4-5 years. She also was on Lakewood's Cheer's Elite Sr. squad for the past 2 years with Coach Melissa Sullivan. Ali started out at 3 years old when she had already learned to do a cartwheel and roundoff. We decided that she was advanced for her age and nneded more then wha we could offer her at home. We enrolled her in a class in Benton with Mellisa Gunn so she could get more tumbling technices then I could teacher mother Darlene Watkins said. She learned quickly till she was about 5 years old when she had got to where she could do cartwheels, roundoffs, backhandsorings, and was working on a tuck. That was when Ali's parents had decided to take her to Lakewood Gymnastics. She had grown in her tumbling then we ever imagined the parents stated. Ali has went to U.S.T.A. State meet last year for her first time to ever compete at a State level individual competition. Ali walk away last year with Ky. State 1ST place in tumbling, intermidate 5TH place in Double Mini intermidate, & 2ND place in trampoline intermidate. This year Ms. Watkiins returned to State to maintain her KY State Championship in tumbling and in hopes to bet her score last year in the other to devisions as well. Ms. Watkins walked away with Ky. State Champion 1ST place Sub-advanced in all 3 events; She will be going in June to Nationals in Springfield, IL. to reperstent the state of KY along with 9 other competitors to see how she ranks in the Nations top power tumblers.
U.S.T.A. Kentucky State Champion
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