G Force Gymnastics - Caribbean Fest Invitational

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The Caribbean Fest is January 25 & 26, 2014 and is a men's & women's USAG invitational that will be held at G Force Gymnastics in Ashburn, Virginia. The meet directors are 2x Silver Medalist Annia Hatch and nationally recognized men's coach Macey Watson. Competitors are Women's levels 3-10 & Xcel, and Men's 4-10.  The meet will serve as a qualifying event and all competitors from Virginia can earn qualifying scores which will allow them to compete at Sectional or State Meets.

One highlight of this meet is the importance it is placing on service and how that ties in with the long term goals. They have partnered with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, as a way to give back to the community. In 2015 the Caribbean Fest will foster relationships and provide opportunities for athletes from the Island countries of the Caribbean where opportunities in gymnastics are not readily available.

Along with helping the international gymnastics community, the meet directors will aim to help the competitors at this meet. Annia Hatch will deliver a seminar on how to overcome obstacles and remain committed to one's dreams. Macey Watson will help the gymnasts that are starting to think about college by informing them of the steps that need to be taken to obtain a gymnastics scholarship.

G Force Gymnastics is a new gym and has had an amazing journey in it's inaugural year. Last December, a group of faithful team members followed coaches Macey & Annia to G Force before they even had a gym to train in. Over the next 8 weeks, the team members trained during open gym at a cheer facility.  The team rented a firehouse function hall twice a week and worked out with nothing but panel mats and 3 pairs of paralettes.  Another gym, located an hour away, let the team come in and work on equipment twice a week.  On a couple of occasions parents opened up their homes to the team to give them a place to train.  Despite all of this, the team managed to compete and bring home medals.

A parent volunteer for the G Force Gymnastics Booster Club said, "Given the circumstances, it's really quite amazing. At the end of January, the gym had their lease in place and we moved in.  Parents jumped in all over the place to erect equipment, paint, clean - we even built a new spring floor. Seeing this small team of about 20 athletes grow to over 60 in the last few months makes it all worthwhile."

The mission of this meet and the journey of this team is truly inspiring. You can learn more about G Force Gymnastics and the Caribbean Fest at gforce-gymnastics.com. You can also find a direct link to the meet site right here, at Arabian Punch Front, on the right hand column.

Arabian Punch Front wishes G Force Gymnastics the best of luck with this meet and success in the years to come!

-- Written with the help of the G Force Gymnastics Booster Club

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