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Posted on February 25, 2012
What do you do when you love a sport but have nowhere on your high school campus to practice, no equipment on which to practice, and no booster club to help raise money for equipment? If you are the gymnasts from Del Norte High School, you make it happen!
The Del Norte High School Gymnastics team began in February 2011 with 17 gymnasts of which less than half had gymnastics experience. Since the high school has no gymnastics equipment, the team travels to TRC Gymnastics in Solana Beach for practices three times per week. Despite these obstacles, Head Coach and Owner of TRC Gymnastics, Darryl Davis, has great faith in the team and its future success. “We had a great start last year and I look forward to the 2012 season with hopes of marked improvement. My goals for the future are to develop our current athletes, attract new team members and to eventually turn the Del Norte team into a highly competitive challenger for the much coveted CIF team title.”
Currently, the Del Norte High School Gymnastics team is comprised of all female students from 9th to 12th grade. Besides Coach Davis, the team has two assistant coaches, Ilea Williams and Maureen Barnes, plus the staunch support of the gymnast’s parents. Since the team was developed by grassroots efforts, the girl’s parents and families research, plan and coordinate events, provide transportation and offer monetary support.
The team had an impressive first season last year with both junior varsity and varsity teams earning medals along with individual gymnasts’ medaling as well. According to Coach Davis, the goals for the 2012 season are “to develop our current athletes, attract new team members and to work toward developing a highly competitive team.” We strive to “promote a spirit of competition, pride, personal confidence and physical awareness.”