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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Archive for the ‘Gymnastics’ Category

Arizona Sunrays opens new Phoenix gymnastics and dance complex

Twenty-six years into owning Arizona Sunrays gymnastics and dance center in Phoenix, Dan and Julie Witenstein are finishing up the biggest construction project of their lives. Just north of Greenway Road on 32nd Street sits their new facility, a sprawling 34,000-square-foot modern concrete-block building that is light-filled and energy efficient. It features high (18- to […]

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Queen Creek dad, Olympic gymnast Alex Naddour eyes 2020 U.S. team

Young dads typically have a lot on their plates, and that’s especially true for Olympic gymnast Alex Naddour of Queen Creek. In addition to raising his 1-year-old daughter (alongside his wife, Hollie), he’s a real-estate agent and is training for the U.S. Men’s National Team tryouts in August. Every other day you can find 26-year-old Naddour […]

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My Day at Camp: Arizona Sunrays Supercamp

I’m on a roll with My Day at Camp. I first stepped up to the plate at the Diamondbacks Baseball Academy earlier this summer with my son Jack, and that experience was a grand slam. Now it was time to enjoy a day with my 6-year-old daughter Lucy and her latest passion: gymnastics! I haven’t woken […]

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Top 10 family events in August

Play among desert animals, explore Arizona’s giant backyard or sink your teeth into the season’s juiciest fruits. Even though we’re heading back to school soon, we’re not ready to say goodbye to summer. Here’s a list of our favorite family activities this month. ➊ Opening Ceremonies Party. Kick off the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics by […]

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U.S. meets Mexico at Chandler gymnastics center

Five visiting gymnasts from San Luis in Sonora, Mexico worked out this weekend at Aspire Kids Sports Center in Chandler. The girls practiced their skills alongside Aspire gymnasts. Though there was a language barrier, the athletes communicated easily by watching and pointing. Apparently the language of gymnastics crosses all borders. Paula Auger, administrative assistant at […]

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Phoenix gymnasts qualify for JumpStart training, and more sports news

Gymnasts Amy Magsam, 12, and Gabby Lawrence, 8, made this year’s JumpStart National Team, earning the right to train with the country’s Olympics coaches at the JumpStart National Team Training Camp at Bela Karolyi’s Ranch (The U.S. Olympic Training Center for Trampoline). Magsam and Lawrence are from North Valley Gymnastics in Phoenix, where they train […]

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Elite-level coaching, “SunDance Kids” auditions and a new soccer franchise for Phoenix

Zone Athletic Performance of Scottsdale is offering is new performance-enhancing programs to help young athletes succeed in sports at advanced levels. Sports Performance Academy is designed for middle and high school student athletes who have the ambition and desire to compete at collegiate and professional levels. “This isn’t your typical cookie-cutter, after-school fitness program,” said […]

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