Gym owner Cindy Bickman, who opened the gym in 1976, said Gym for Life program holds its competition every four years.
For this year's event, Chattooga
was the only team chosen to represent the United States.
The trip is similar to many they have taken since 1983, giving students the chance to travel and showcase their talents.
"Things like that have just presented themselves to us, so we take advantage of every opportunity that we can," Bickman
They will be competing in the "Gymnastics for All" event, which means everyone on the team, no matter their age, skill level or special need, is considered a competitor.
"We have people from ages 10 to 73," Bickman
"I've been going on Cindy's
trips since 2003 with Dana," she said.
"I feel blessed that we can do this and that Cindy
has encouraged our girls to focus on the abilities they have been given, rather than the disabilities."
said the team started practicing in May but has been fundraising and planning for the trip for about a year.
The trip costs about $5,000 per person, but the gym's foundation has helped with a lot of those costs.
"I am so proud of my team," Bickman
"I believe the USA Gymnastics Special Olympics is important because it showcases the abilities, rather than the disabilities, of athletes," said Cindy Bickman, meet director and owner of Chattooga School of Gymnastics and Dance.
Our own Cindy Bickman
writes about gymnastics for all in her
article titled "End-of-the-Year Choreography" in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of TECHNIQUE.
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