Zara Myers '30 is not taking the summer off.
The rising first grader captured first place in the all-around in her age group at the 2018 Xcel Championship Invitational, held in Sevierville, TN on June 30.
The tournament, a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event, drew the best gymnasts from multiple states from each of the eight gymnastic regions from around the country. The gymnasts qualify for this nationwide event based on their regional tournament score or state tournament score.
Representing Lausanne Gymnastics, she was competing in her division of six, seven and eight-year-olds and won first place all-around for the group while scoring the highest total score. She also took first place on beam, second place on bars, and second place on floor.
Zara's strong performance helped her region, comprising of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee win the award for best region among all eight regions competing.
"Her victory was a testament to her love of gymnastics and dedication and also to the excellent coaching she receives at Lausanne Gymnastics," her mother Shari Myers said. "Head Coach Patty Moore has developed a gymnastics program that strives to give a great deal of personal attention to each of her gymnasts."
Moore, assistant Coach Joyce Quintrell and Assistant Coach Courtney Benoit have worked with Zara throughout her first competitive season and were able to give her individualized one-on-one training.
Her mother said the focused environment at Lausanne Gymnastics enables the athletes to improve greatly over relatively short periods of time.
Congratulations Zara! We are so proud of you!