Young gymnasts shine in the spotlight


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



Ava Trivitte and Tempie Sturgill have been working hard at gymnastics for four and a half years.


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Ava’s favorite event is the balance beam.


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Tempie’s favorite event is the uneven bars.


Submitted photo

CORNELIUS — A pair of young Ashe County gymnasts have been hard at work all season long and got to show off their skills at a meet at the Lake Norman YMCA that took place on Feb. 5.

Ava Trivitte, the daughter of Angie Gift of Ashe County and Chad Trivitte of Mocksville, and Tempie Sturgill, the daughter of Danny and Shelley Sturgill of Ashe County, have been practicing their gymnastic skills for close to four and a half years.

Ava, 8, and Tempie, 7, started their training off with Jo’s Gymnastics after school at Blue Ridge Elementary School, and have since continued with New River Gymnastics Academy in Boone.

“Ava has always been a daredevil and has been trying to flip and jump on the furniture since she was a toddler,” said Gift. “I knew at an early age she needed to be taught how to tumble correctly to avoid an injury. She has loved gymnastics since day and practices nonstop anywhere she is.”

The duo decided to become a part of the competition team in July of 2016. Since then, it has been a lot of hard work and dedication for the two gymnasts.

“We got Tempie into gymnastics because she was always climbing or jumping off of something and she is always so high-energy,” said Danny Sturgill. “We wanted a place where she could spend her energy safely. Gymnastics is a perfect fit.”

Ava and Tempie are both members of Team USA’s Olympic program as level one gymnasts.

All gymnasts on the competitive team are required to compete in all four events: Floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars and vault. The events are scored by different judges for each event with a 10.0 being the perfect score. Judges will take points off for mistakes, going over time limits and other miscues like that.

Ava won all four events and had the best all-around score of the meet. Tempie placed second in the vault, fifth in the uneven bars, fifth in the balance beam, fourth in the floor exercise and fifth in the all-around score.

Awards were given to the girls for each event, and for the highest all-around score. A special sash was given to the gymnast with the highest all-around score for the entire session. The session consisted of all level one, level two, and level three gymnasts competing. Ava was awarded this sash for having the highest all around score of the session.

Ava Trivitte’s scores

Vault: 9.450 (1st place)

Uneven Bars: 8.825 (1st place)

Balance Beam: 9.200 (1st place)

Floor Exercise: 9.400 (1st place)

All-Around score: 36.875 (1st place)

Tempie Sturgill’s scores

Vault: 8.950 (2nd place)

Uneven Bars: 8.000 (5th place)

Balance Beam:7.050 (5th place)

Floor Exercise: 8.625 (4th place)

All-Around score: 32.625 (5th place)

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

Ava Trivitte and Tempie Sturgill have been working hard at gymnastics for four and a half years.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Gymnists.jpgAva Trivitte and Tempie Sturgill have been working hard at gymnastics for four and a half years. Submitted photo

Ava’s favorite event is the balance beam.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Ava.jpgAva’s favorite event is the balance beam. Submitted photo

Tempie’s favorite event is the uneven bars.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_Tempie.jpgTempie’s favorite event is the uneven bars. Submitted photo

By Nathan Ham

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