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Future Olympians?

By Herb Bailey

When observing a Lowcountry Gymnastics session in the Rec Center, one can see young athletes who have the will to succeed as much as the Olympic gymnastic athletes we will see next month. Their instructor Meagan Driggers is a teacher, encourager and friend to her students as she teaches them moves that will not come easy at first but in time will be mastered. Driggers also is the cheerleading coach at Colleton Prep Academy and got her start as a cheerleading instructor in college in Columbia. That led to a love for gymnastics and instructing it. When asked about this past summer season, Driggers said, “It has been real positive! Any sport has ebbs and flows in regards to enrollment but I believe with the Olympic interest we have had a successful summer. Our fall season is usually our best season. That begins September 12th with registration opening on our web site August 1st.” When working with age groups as little as 3 years old, there are bound to be cute moments along the way. “The little ones are too adorable,” she said. “The ‘I-love-you’s’ to that they’re sad to go just gets at my heart. I love it when they build friendships in class at the youngest age and you hear they are still friends when they are older.” There is one misconception Driggers would like parents thinking of sending their kids to gymnastics to know. “One big thing is that we are a non-competitive program. You see the elite on TV with the Olympics but we are here for kids to learn balance and coordination. I tell them come see it and give it a try, it is well worth it. Plus this is also for boys not just girls. We do have boys in are classes and this will help them in any sport they go into later on. A lot of these kids I consider my kids, there is a bond that develops.” You can find Lowcountry Gymnastics on facebook or email [email protected] plus by phone 843-599-3082.

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