CofC Gymnastics Club members poised and planning club’s growth

A normal Monday or Wednesday night for College of Charleston students may consist of studying, hanging out with friends or frankly, binge watching Netflix. But for members of the CofC Gymnastics Club, these nights mean practicing in the gym.

The Gymnastics Club at The College is not a new program, but in the past, it has not been very well publicized. However, new president, junior Brittany Andrysczack, has different plans for the club to bring it to a new level with a variety of participants who possess a wide range of skill levels.

The club meets twice a week at a local gymnastics facility in West Ashley for two hours, and although this is a “club sports team,” each member has free will to practice on whichever event they choose at the skill caliber they feel comfortable pacing themselves at; whether it be tumbling on the trampoline or the spring floor, swinging on the uneven bars, practicing poise on the balance beam or simply conditioning and stretching to aid in their execution of flips, jumps and splits.

The mission of the CofC Gymnastics Club, Andrysczack states, is that “we are trying to build a club that is fun and inviting. We want everyone to come out and try gymnastics.” One worry that arose, however, is who the club is geared toward.

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Freshman Whitney Garofalo practicing a beam routine. (Photo courtesy of Kendall Pemberton)

That answer is anyone and everyone.

“The club is basically for everyone who is interested in gymnastics. For those who competed in high school, it is a great opportunity to see what skills they can still do. For those who didn’t get to do it in high school, it is a chance to learn some basic skills,” Andrysczack adds.

Freshman Tahjaneik Collins was a competitive gymnast through out high school and found out about the club because she knew Andrysczack from prior gymnastics competitions. She comments, “I joined because it’s a great way to stay in shape and to keep learning awesome skills. I like it because we are forming a family here, and we all get along so well; I just love being involved in gymnastics.”

 

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Freshman Tahjaneik Collins-Williams balancing a handstand. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Garofalo)

A future goal for the club is to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs. For the members of the CofC Gymnastics Club who are a bit more advanced, this is an option the club is trying to aspire to. Members of the club here would compete against other college gymnastics club teams across the nation. Although this would mean fundraising due to costs of competitions, this is an aim the club is striving for.

For anyone who is still skeptical about pursuing the club or has always wanted to experiment with the sport, Andrysczack urges, “you should join because gymnastics is awesome… and who doesn’t love jumping on trampolines and swinging on bars?”

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