Several Texas acrobats were recognized at this year’s Gymnastics Association of Texas (GAT) Honors Ceremony in Austin, TX, over Labor Day weekend. Athletes and coaches are presented certificates for being national champions and/or representing the USA Gymnastics in international competitions. GAT holds an annual convention offering seminars, speakers and networking for all gymnastics disciplines in Texas. Judge Brandi Wren of Dallas presented several seminars on Acro during the weekend aimed at educating gym owners and coaches across the state about the sport.
The Texas Acrobatic Gymnastics Association (TX Acro) also held its annual meeting at GAT, which included the election of new officers and determination of the 2018 competition schedule. Brandi Wren was elected as State Director, Jennifer Stone as Secretary and Ashley Rosilier as Treasurer. Stone and Rosilier have both been active in the Acro community for several years, but are new to serving on the TX Acro board.
Another order of business was the establishment of an Emergency Fund to provide assistance to TX Acro member clubs experiencing unusual hardship. The officers voted to make the first distribution from this fund to Texas Academy of Acrobatic Gymnastics (TAAG), located in Baytown, Texas, to assist them with repairs following flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Going forward clubs may apply for a distribution from the Texas Acro Emergency Fund by contacting one of the officers. GAT has also established a relief fund for Texas gyms affected by Harvey, and donations may be made via their website.
Honor Award recipients from TAAG
Honor Award recipients from AGSA
Honor Award recipients from BGC
Texas Acro was proud to recognize the graduating Class of 2015 seniors at the Texas State Championships May 9-10 in Frisco, TX. These athletes have been involved with acrobatic gymnastics for many years and we wish them the best as they head on to the next chapter of their lives (and some will still be competing with Texas Acro after graduation!). We are so thankful to have role models like these young athletes for our up and coming acrobats!
TX Acro Class of 2015 Left to Right: Abby Boudreaux, Makenna Leatherwood, Baothy Nguyen, Allison Traina. Not pictured: Alex McGraw.
- Competed in acro for 10 years
- Currently in a Level 10 trio with Christina Troy and Zoe Massa
- Graduating from the Keystone School in San Antonio
- Next year she will attend Collegium V honors program at University of Texas at Dallas for biology or biochemistry
- She has competed internationally as a Jr. Elite top
- has been Spanish club president for two years
- and is a National Honor Society Member
Alex McGraw (not pictured as he was in Geneva, Switzerland for the GIAC competition)
- Competed in acro for 7 years
- Currently in a 13-19 Junior Elite mixed pair with Mady Marlow
- Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Claudia Taylor Ladybird Johnson HS in San Antonio
- After high school he plans to audition/perform for Cirque du Soleil or Le Reve
- Alex is a two time National champion and was a World championships finalist in 2014
- This is her first year in acro
- Currently in a level 6 pair with Rylee Pirtle
- Graduating from John Marshall High School ins San Antonio
- Plans to go to college in the fall
- Her proudest accomplishments include:
- finishing her senior year strong
- being an NHS member
- cutting off unhealthy food
- Competed in acro for 4 years
- Currently in a Level 10 Trio
- Graduating from Robert E. Lee High School – Baytown
- Attending Texas A&M to study Biomedical Science
- She is the class Valedictorian
- as well as Senior Class President
- and is also President of FFA
- Competed in acro for 2 years
- Currently in a Level 7 women’s pair with Paige McCormick
- Graduating from Plano West Senior High
- Next year she will be attending the honors college at Texas Tech University
- She is a member of DECA, a scholastic business association, and qualified to State
- She was a Leader in Band
- And she is an international member of the honor society quill and scroll
Watching the athletes and clinicians of the Level 9 & up athlete clinic hosted by Boerne Gymnastics Center last weekend, it was obvious that the 2015 season is just around the corner! Still months away from their first local meet, teams across the state are clearly making steady progress towards the season.
Clinicians worked with athletes in small groups, focusing on skills, choreography and dance. Groups from Boerne Gymnastics Center, Gymnastics of San Antonio, and Acrobatic Gymnastics of San Antonio were in attendance, with groups ranging in skill level from level 9 through senior elite. At the conclusion of the day, Texas Acro president, Michelle Merwarth, reminded the attendees that as competitors at the highest levels in the sport, they are the leaders in the Texas Acro community and encouraged them to be positive role models.
“It was fun working with the clinicians and getting to see friends from other teams,” said 12-year old trio base, Abigail Rosilier. Many of the athletes in attendance have competed in the sport for many years and have developed friendships with fellow acrobats across the state, region and country through training camps and competitions.
Two additional clinics will be help in upcoming weeks for levels 5-6 and levels 7-8.
Zoe, Allison & Sheridan – AGSA
Jordan, Lexi & Liz – AGSA