Following national JumpStart testing January 10-12, at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch USA Gymnastics named two Lawrenceville trampolinists to their 2014 JumpStart National Team.
After scoring high in state testing, Nicolette Pawar, 10, and Katie Prikril, 10, of Motion Gymnastics each received invitations to the Karolyi Ranch where they went through testing for strength, flexibility, skills and routines. The hard work and perseverance paid off, as the girls were two of just 21 trampolinists named to the team.
“This is such an unbelievable accomplishment for Katie and Nikki,” said their coach Heather Edwards. “Only 43 children were even invited for national testing. We’ve had them as students since they were three years old and watched them grow into talented trampolinists. I am overjoyed they made the Jumpstart National Team.”
The JumpStart program identifies future elite trampoline and tumbling talent for athletes ages 8-10. It serves as a “fast track” program from the early years of training through the international level.
As new members of the JumpStart national team, Nikki and Katie will return to the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center for a training camp with members of the national coaching staff from Feb. 27-March 2 and will be featured in a performances at this year's Trampoline and Tumbling national events.
The girls will look to build upon their success. Their first big meet of the season takes place in March at the Kalon Ludgvison Invitational, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.