Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Annika Roybal, 11, flies through the air with what appears to be the greatest of ease at AIM Gymnastics Thursday. Annika, who’s been involved in gymnastics since she was about 3, is the youngest of AIM’s regional qualifiers.

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On the flip side
April 2, 2024 1:20 a.m.

On the flip side

Moses Lake youth qualify for gymnastics finals

MOSES LAKE — Sometimes working really, really hard at something pays off. As the athletes at AIM Gymnastics are finding out. The club, which has about 70 gymnasts ranging in age from 11 to almost 18, has four going to regional competitions this year. One competition will be held in Boise, according to coach Natassia Garcia, and the other in Anchorage. Many of them have been doing gymnastics most of their lives, they said. Clara Knapp is 15, a freshman at Moses Lake High School, and she’s spent 12 1/2 years learning and practicing. “I'm glad I started young because I have so much flexibility and stuff I can do, like flips that a lot of people my age can't do,” she said. “It gives me something to show off.”