With the largest team since the 2016-2017 season, Coach Tom Williamson and co-captains Sam Shepard ‘22 and Cambria Pomeranz ‘20 led the Hollis-Brookline gymnastics team in their first home meet of the season at Gymnastics Village on Jan. 4. They tied with Timberlane Highschool for second place out of the six teams that attended the meet.
Each of the girls competes in a wide variety of events including, vault, uneven bars, balance beam and each performs a floor routine that best depicts their strengths as a gymnast. Coach Williamson helps the girls to best display their strengths to the judges by crafting routines to show their best tricks and skills.
Despite the laid back and stress-free environment of team practices, this relaxed energy doesn’t stop them from improving. Evidence of the team’s improvement has already shown in their higher placing in their latest competition. They take a lot of time to improve themselves and each other by attending practices. The team practices and prepares for their meets at Gymnastics Village two times a week. Practices are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, each lasting two hours long.
“At practice, we each practice individual drills or skills that will help us each separately. We will also run routines together and always encourage each other,” said Colie Toupin ‘22.
Lindsey DeJoie started her gymnastics career this season and was really nervous about joining a team of girls who are already close. After speaking with Dejoie, she emphasized the welcoming environment the team showed her. “I am just starting to do gymnastics this season. It was a challenge at first, but the team was very welcoming and they are always encouraging me to do my best,” said Lindsey DeJoie ‘22.
Many of the girls emphasized the always positive and laid back energy of the group and suggested that the environment of the team this year made it a very enjoyable experience to be a part of.
Go cheer on your HB girls gymnastics team at their next meet on January 24, at Souhegan High School.