Gymnastics Gold in Martinez has been leaving its mark on regional and national gymnastics competitions.
Jim Mousseau started the facility as Mr. Mooses Mighty Mytes in 1990 before it became Gymnastics Gold in 1994. His gymnasts have been competing in USA Gymnastics and Amateur Athletic Union Gymnastics competitions.
“In the USA program, it’s a little tougher to get up there,” said Mousseau, calling both good experiences. “To go to the AAU Nationals, there’s not a qualifier, you can just go.”
Megan Logeais from North Augusta High School has been with Gymnastics Gold for 12 years and is competing at Level 9 along with 16-year-old Alex Mazur, an 11-year veteran who attends Greenbrier High School.
Logeais was one of six girls from the region who qualified for the USAG Eastern Nationals in Battle Creek, Mich., from May 1-5. Mazur was an alternate and just missed the trip. At the competition, Logeais finished in a three-way tie for 18th.
“Of the six that went from our region, she actually moved up in that standing,” said Mousseau. “She did extremely, extremely well and I’m very pleased with her.”
Both Logeais and Mazur were among a group of about 30 gymnasts who went to Orlando for the AAU Nationals in June. They were a potent 1-2 punch with Mazur taking first all-around and Logeais second.
“It’s my biggest win probably of my career,” Mazur said. “It means a lot to me because I know the hard work I put in has paid off and I got a good coach to help me with it.”
Logeais enjoyed being in Orlando with her friend.
“It was fun, I like competing with her,” Logeais said.
Aubrey Reynolds is working at Level 6 and hopes to be up a level next year. As well as competing at the AAU National, she went to Clemson, S.C., at the end of April for the USAG Regional.
“I don’t think there were as many kids, but it was much tougher,” said Reynolds, adding that she qualified a year previously but was unable to go. “It’s definitely harder judging and the kids I competed against were also very tough. It was actually one of my best meets this whole year.”
Alex Jones, who has been doing gymnastics for almost seven years, competed at USAG Regional for Level 7 in Dalton, Ga. He was pleased with his performance.
“That was probably the best regionals I’ve had for a while,” Jones said. “It was some of my cleanest routines I had.”
The 13-year-old, who is working toward Level 8, enjoys overcoming the obstacles the sport throws his way.
“I like the challenge,” Jones said. “I’ve had my episodes in gymnastics. “When you’re 7-years-old in gymnastics, you don’t like the splits. You don’t like bruising yourself. You haven’t gotten used to that kind of stuff yet.”