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Tumbling camp begins for young gymnasts

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CARBONDALE - Jumping for joy, flipping for fun and bending over backwards.  That’s all part of this week's tumbling camp hosted by Saluki Gymnastics.

“We come we teach them from beginners to intermediate to advance," explained instructor Alyssa Watts.  "We come and we teach them new skills, we perfect the skills that they are working on and we polish it up to make sure they have fun.”

The camp is open to boys and girls from four up to 14. 

It’s not just a chance to work on gymnastics skills, but also a an opportunity improve as an all around athlete.

"It not only increases flexibility, but it helps endurance and agility," Watts said.  "It helps them make friends and it helps them become aware of their bodies.  Body awareness is very important with growing children."

One of the instructors this week is a camp success story.  Madie Rushing attended tumbling camp as a kid and now competes on the acrobatic and tumbling team at Fairmont State in West Virginia.

“I got the scholarship because I did years and years of gymnastics here," Rushing explained.  "I learned skills in gymnastics camps when I was younger, so it definitely helped me in my gymnastics and training.

Rushing is an example for these campers, but whether they continue their tumbling careers or not, this week is all about having fun.

The camp runs until Friday with a day off for the Fourth of July.

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