Team Lightning Men!!!
Team Lightning Men's Team had a great weekend at this years Men's State Gymnastics Championships! The event was hosted at the Parkettes National Training facility. Team Lightning had some Awesome results.
Andy Parks (age 15) is our new and current reigning 2016 Level 9 State Champion. Andy fantastic meet and almost swept the competition winning 6 Gold Medals. Andy won gold on Floor Ex. / Pommel / High Bar / Parallel Bars / Vault & All Around.
Joey Rizzo also had a great weekend and is the 2016 State Level 8 Gold All Around Champion. Joey is the State Champion on Floor, Pommel Horse, & Vault. Joey also took Silver Medals on Rings & High Bar.
We're not done yet, not even close!
2018 Stars & Stripes Coed Invitational
Jan. 12-15th 2018
Main Event: Saturday 1/13/18 5:45pm
Bayfront Convention Center
Featuring over 100+ National Level Gymnasts
* Pennsylvania's Largest Co-ed Gymnastics Competition
* 1,700+ Gymnasts
* 50+ Gymnastics Clubs from around the Region
PA / NY / OH / WV / VA / Canada
* 100+ Level 9 & 10 National Level Gymnasts
in Main Event - Saturday Night
* 7 local Team Lightning Athletes featured in the
* 9/11 Commemorative Competition - Police, Military,
Fire & Rescue - Free Admission
* Adults $14.00 / Children $7.00 - Tickets at the door
* 26 different Flights of Gymnastics throughout the
* PA's Largest USA Flag
* Partial proceeds benefit Fallen Soldier Picnic
Reed Yost - Level 5 - 2016 PA State Silver Medalist on High Bar
Sebastian Shirk - Level 4 - 2016 PA State - Pommel Horse, Rings, High Bar, 1st Place - All Around CHAMPION! Sebastian also took silver on Floor and Bronze on the Parallel Bars.
Yanat Patanakul - Level 4 - 2016 PA State Rings Champion & received the Bronze on High Bar.
Jonah Witkowski - Level 4 - 2016 PA State Silver Medalist High Bar / Bronze on: Floor, Vault, Parallel Bars, 3rd All Around.
Lucas Kantz - Level 4 - 2016 PA State Bronze Medalist on Rings
Wow! A Huge Thanks to the Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Community!
MEDIA: There was a ton of media coverage on this years Stars & Stripes. I would like to Thank the Erie Sports Commission for their efforts in Media exposure of the event! The following are links to some of the media - TV, Newpaper, Social Media. This should be interesting to many of the teams & athletes present in that many of the pictures depict athletes from visiting team, and some are available for purchase.
Thank You! $14,894.00
A Huge Big Thank You goes out to the Stars & Stripes Participating Teams, Team Lightning Boosters, and Erie Gymnastics Center. This year the Stars & Stripes raised a record $14,894.00 for the Fairfield & Brookeside Volunteer Fire Departments! The total donation was a combined result of Program Sales, Passing the Boot, Donation of Proceeds from Admissions to become the biggest single fundraiser for any charity associated with the Stars & Stripes. It couldn't have gone to any better Heroes who serve the Erie Gymnastics Community!
Personally, I want to thank the generosity of the Teams, Gymnasts, and their Parents that participated in this years event. I wish to pass on the deepest Thanks from the members of both of the Fire Departments. We sort of totally underestimate the projected amount of somewhere around $5.000.00.
We wish to thank the Fire Departments for being our local Heroes and passing out the Awards all weekend long at the Competition. We also wish to thank them for giving the gymnasts a tour of the operations and Brookside Fire Department.
In a funny side note: I was slightly detained by the Press Photographer. Before I could warn the Chief about how he exactly phrased things with the gymnasts, he opened the door to the side of the Fire Truck and told the kids they could get in and take a look around. Nearly 30 of the gymnasts simultaneously took his words literally and all packed into the back of the Fire Truck. We were going to call Guniess World Book of Records in that they had to have set a record for most people stuffed into a Fire Truck!
Region VII USAG National Qualifier
Level 10 - JO National
Bronze Medalist on Balance Beam
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