Gymnasts stay up all night tumbling
Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 11, 2003
What did you give your mother for Mother’s Day this morning? A box of chocolates? A set of flowers? An autographed photo of Martha Stewart hanging out with Oprah Winfrey at a Barbra Streisand concert?
All worthy contenders. But seven-year-old Alicia Ankofski had a special method of giving her mom a great gift; she simply spent the night away.
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&uot;My mom LOVES me being in a sleepover, because sometimes I do bad things!&uot; the Mack Benn Elementary School student said with a smile. She spent Friday night and Saturday morning at the Mother’s Day sleepover at Triple T Gymnastics on Constance Road. A member of the Triple T Tumbling Team, Alicia used the night to sharpen her acrobatic skills.
&uot;It’s LOTS of fun, because my friends and I get to do everything,&uot; she said. &uot;I think I’ll stay up until the sun rises.&uot; The trampoline, parallel and uneven bars, horse, floor and balance beam were available for use at the overnight event (sleepovers are held every month at the center
John Yeates Middle School student Brittany Hammond, 13, used the balance beam as practice for the Suffolk Cheer Attitude cheerleading squad. &uot;I’m a flier on the team,&uot; she said, referring to the person who gets tossed high into the air during routines. &uot;The beam is about the same width as if I was jumping into someone’s hands, so it helps you with the balance.&uot;
She wasn’t the only cheerleader at the all-nighter; Leah Fontenot, a member of the Nansemond River High School cheering squad, hopes to help coach the Tumblers over the next two years. &uot;I’ve been doing gymnastics since I was three,&uot; said the 14-year-old, taking a break from the trampoline. &uot;There’s no other gym close by, and this helps me keep up my skills since I’m not on a team anymore.&uot;