‘Air’-oriented gymnastic facility opens on GoG Road

       A new facility for teaching gymnastics has opened at 2270 Garden of the Gods Road.

Inside High Country Gymnastics, Tex Womack (right) instructs student Sarah Gerson on double-mini technique. Looking on (from left are student Jack Elbert and coaches Bill Baruth and Rachel Aron.
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       The High Country Gymnastics Academy is led by Tex Womack, a former Aurora gym owner who over the previous six years has coached national age-level champions and internationally competitive athletes at the ArtSports gym in Holland Park. He was also named one of the U.S.A. team's assistant coaches for the World Age Group competition in 2010 and 2011.
       With assistant coaches Bill Baruth and Rachel Aron, Womack is offering classes this fall in beginning and intermediate trampoline and tumbling, with cross-training opportunities “for people who do anything in the air,” Womack said, including ski and board aerials, cheerleading, dancing, skating, diving, wakeboarding, and snowboarding.
       The 5,000-square-foot High Country gym opened to the public in mid-August but has been a training site for a number of competitive area gymnasts since last spring. “We're trying to build it up and make it more full service,” Womack said.
       At the July national championships in Long Beach, Calif., six High Country gymnasts took medals. At the Junior Elite level, Sam Chiacchia, 16, took third on trampoline and third in double mini.
       Winning national titles in their respective age group/skill level categories were High Country gymnasts Luke Billera, age 8, double-mini; and Scott Autry, age 12, tumbling. Medals for second or third were taken by Billera, tumbling; Ryan Kight, trampoliine; Paige Howard, double-mini; and Jack Elbert, trampoline.
       For more information, call Womack at 651-1169 or go to highcountrygymnastics.com.

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