School Year Schedule 21-22 is up - Register NOW!
Classes Start - Sept. 7th 2021
School Year Schedule 21-22 is up - Register NOW!
Classes Start - Sept. 7th 2021
Despite the Snow, the Meet was a great success! Somehow on Mondays most of the gymnasts made it through the snow and had a great time!
This weekend featured some really great gymnastics! The Main Event was a full house with a lot of National Level athletes doing some crazy skills.
We want to thank the Teams and Parents for braving the snow and coming to make it a special event! We want to say a special Thank You to the Team Lightning Boosters who worked their butts off with Set-up, Awards, Event timing, Registration.... Awesome Job!
We also want to congratulate many of the Team Lightning Athletes who had a great home performance this weekend!!!
Of those 2,100 Athletes, the TOP 60 Men & TOP 60 Women will compete side by side - January 15th at the Main Event. The Main Event will feature numerous Level 10 (USA Gymnastics highest DP Level) and Senior Athletes.
Saturday - Jan. 15th - 5:30pm Stretch - 5:55 March In Ceremony
Bayfront Convention Center
Tickets are available at the Bayfront Convention Center Box Office the day of the Event.
No - Pre-sale Tickets
Admission: $17.00 Adult // $8.00 child -- Cash only
9/11 - Members of Fire / Rescue / Police / active Military & Vets are admitted FREE. Please bring appropriate ID.
This is a 'real' USA Gymnastics Sanctioned Event. Athletes are competing for both Stars & Stripes Individual and All Around Awards as well as Mobility & State Qualification scores.
As the Stars & Stripes grew, we (Erie Gymnastics Center / Team Lightning Boosters decided to 'give back' to our local community. Over the years (and we try to mix it up) we've donated / collected over $110,000.00 for Local Charities that have some link to service in Fire / Rescue / Police / Military. To name just a few, we donated to Veteran's Miracle Center of Erie, Fairfield Fire & Hose / Pittsburgh Inn - sending care packages to active soldiers, Police Athletic League of Erie / and many more....
We chose to always pick 'local charities'. Although there are some great National Charities, we wanted to see directly the impact in our local community, and encourage gyms to do the same in their communities. There are a ton of local heroes out there that we often forget until we really need help. Then, a 911 call, and some hero is on their way to help you or your family.
This year we welcome back (a really cool & important group) the Northwest PA K9 Search & Rescue Teams. This group has been serving not only Northwest PA, but are on call for rescues 24/7 - all over the US. These K9's & their handlers respond to disasters such as Weather, Fire, Flood, collapses... and try to locate people in the rubble. As well, they go on calls to search for lost Mentally Ill, possible Amber Alert victims, lost children....
They train a ton, and are again on call 24/7 to respond to any emergency. It is fun having them here because Kids & Dogs is a great mix, and those dogs get the fur petted off them during the event. We welcome any and all donations toward their cause and training.
Erie Gymnastics Center & Team Lighting Boosters are proud to Announce & Host the 21st Annual Stars & Stripes Coed Invitational. Stars & Stripes is full with over 2,100 Competitive Gymnasts.
In 2021 amidst the Pandemic, we still ran Stars & Stripes. Despite being slightly smaller, we safely hosted over 1,300 Athletes and still by far hosted the largest and most successful 'in-person' competition last year. This year we're hoping to return to our Normal Format and another fantastic Competition.
* Bring your Entire Team! - All Men's & Women's Levels 2-10 + Xcel -- Level 10's are FREE!
* Hosted at the Beautiful Bayfront Convention Center on Presque Isle Bay w/ 2 quality attached Hotels.
* 50% awesome Custom Awards
* PA's Largest Flag as the backdrop for our 9/11 Commemorative Event
* Tons of Stuff to do in the Area -- Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park / Peak n Peak Ski Resort / Millcreek Mall Shopping District / Presque Isle Downs & Casino / and much much more.
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Team Lightning's Mikaela (Bubbles) Gorniak - recently competed at the Level 10 Regional Championships vs. the most powerful Teams & Athletes from PA, NJ, DE, VA, MD, & WV.
'Bubbles' is a 1st year Level 10 with Olympic aspirations. She recently just turned 14 years old, and in this limited 'Covid' season has only had 3 opportunities to qualify for the Regional Championships as well as test her skills.
At Regionals, 'Bubbles' had to place in the top 7 athletes to both make the Region VII Team & Qualify to the National Championships. She didn't buckle under the intense pressure & posted her best meet to date.
'Bubble's' routines are loaded with difficulty, and she went 4 for 4 on the Events. Perhaps the Highlight of her efforts was a nearly flawless Floor Routines where she earned the Silver Medal with a 9.575. 'Bubbles placed 5th in the All Around and is looking forward to her first National appearance - May 15th @USAG Nationals in Daytona Beach!
--- 'Bubble's got her nickname because we identified her talent at an early age. Doug couldn't remember her name, but she would wear a blue water colored print leo with bubbles on it, and the nick-name stuck. It's a name now he will NOT forget!
--- USAG Nationals will be simulcast, so we'll soon add a link for all our fans to watch 'LIVE'!
--- Check out her first Media Interview on the button below!
Yanet Patanakul - Level 8 - is another upcoming Star at EGC. Yanet a 12 year old Level 8 Gymnast earned his invitation as well by Qualifying at the Recent Region VII Championships. Yanet is growing by 'leaps & bounds' in Gymnastics, and every time you turn around he's got something new to show. Yanet secured his spot at Nationals by scoring a 12.00 on the Men's most difficult event - Pommel Horse. This effort earned him a Regional Silver Medal! Good Luck at Nationals!!!
Erie Gymnastics is Proud have won the bid to Host the PA Level 4 State Gymnastics Championships!
The State Championships will be hosted at the Bayfront Convention Center on the weekend of May 7th - 9th, 2021. This Championship will attract over 450 Gymnasts from over 75 USA Gymnastics Clubs in PA
SCHEDULE IS NOW UP
Our Coaches & Teachers are hired based on their love for both Children & Gymnastics.
Our Coaches must demonstrate an interest for ALL types of children with all types of goals. In some clubs, they are only interested in children who are striving to be the next Gymnastics Champion. We strive to serve each child equally for there are many reasons and goals for joining our club. For some, it's improved physical fitness. For others it's to develop social skills and make friend. Whatever your goal is, our coaches treat each child as the special individuals they are and try to meet everyone's wants & needs.
Erie Gymnastics has been the premier Gymnastics / Acro training center in the Erie area for over thirty years.
Master Coaches Doug & Tina Pershun come with near 75 years experience.
Many of our Loyal & Dedicated staff have grown up at EGC and returned to share their experience and expertise.
We belive the continued education is critical to our success, and our staff are highly trained. At minimum, our staff have a year of apprenticeship working with our lead teachers & coaches. As well, they are required to have 'Background Clearances' / First Aid & CPR / USAG Safety Cert. / Safe Sport / as well as must pass the "Mackenzie Test"
Parents & Children coming to Erie Gymnastics have all sorts of goals & expectations. We strive to serve each child's & parents goals.
One was we accomplish this is our very small and personal classes. We keep an 8:1 Student / Teacher Ratio for each class so that each child gets a lot of individual attention.
For some of our students, it's showing them how fun 'gymnastics' can be. For other students it's 'to enhance their physical or mental abilities. Some may wish to challenge themselves with our prestigious "Team Lightning" Competitive Programs. Yet for others it might be 'school readiness' or 'socialization'.
Whatever your & your child's goals are, we're here to help them achieve those goals.
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