Want to do more than watch the Olympics from the couch? SCEGA Gymnastics in Temecula is getting families in the Olympic spirit with an Olympics-themed celebration from 5:45 to 7 p.m. August 4.
The community is invited to join the celebration and try out their gymnastics skills using the gym’s equipment, including the bars, rings and trampolines.
While showing off gymnastics skills, visitors may also watch their favorite male and female gymnasts perform in the London Olympics.
“It’s kind of like an open house, visitors can try out the equipment. There’s a jolly jump for the little ones,” said Michelle Wilson, marketing coordinator. “We’ll also have some of our nationally ranked gymnasts do an exhibition.”
Among those participating in the exhibition will be 12-year-old Blake Wilson, ranked 9th in the country in his age division, who just returned from Future Stars USA Gymnastics training.
“He practiced alongside John Orozco, just before he left for the Olympics,” Blake’s mother, Wilson said.
Orozco, a 19-year-old national gymnastics champion, will compete in all six events when men’s team qualifications begin Saturday.
Another SCEGA competitor, 11-year-old Matthew Geuy, is also part of the Junior Olympic Group Competition Program, which has gymnasts ages 5 to 18.
Where: SCEGA Gymnastics, 27532 Commerce Center Drive, Temecula
SCEGA girls teams also competed nationally in May, with competitors qualifying for nationals, including Kami Shows in Level 10 and Elleyse Garret, Lindsay Gomez, Renee Zografos and Karen Gonzales in Level 9.
Participants from all over the Inland region perform with SCEGA, including areas such as Corona, San Diego and Palm Desert.
“We have teams that are awesome,” Wilson said. “They compete all over the nation.”
Jennifer Dean is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.