Ian Gustafson and Grace Christensen to Compete in Daytona Beach, FL May 14 – 16
Kenosha, WI – May 5, 2021 – Scamps Gymnastics and the BGCK could not be more proud to send two athletes to compete at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Daytona Beach, FL on May 14. Grace Christensen is a sophomore at Walden III Middle and High School. She has participated in gymnastics since age three and has been with Scamps for the last six years. Ian Gustafson is a senior at Tremper High School and has been with Scamps since he was five.
Christensen has placed in multiple state and regional competitions over the years. Most recently in 2020, she qualified for the Level 10 State Championships but was unable to compete due to cancellation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In March of 2021 she placed third in the All-Around at Level 10 State Championships and earned silver medals on vault and balance beam. She then went on to Region 4 Championships where she placed third in the All-Around in the Junior F session. She finished second on vault with a 9.300 and third on uneven bars with a 9.025.
“I can’t even put into words how proud I am of Grace,” said Coach Lindsey Maier. “She has worked so hard over the past two years which is why she was able to qualify for Nationals. She has overcome many injuries and keeps coming back stronger. I am so excited for her future in gymnastics. I know she will continue to blossom into an even stronger athlete.”
Ian Gustafson started at Scamps when he was five in preschool classes. Later he was moved to team and has competed in the boys program for the last 13 years. Over the years his best and favorite events have varied, but recently he has excelled on floor, pommel horse and vault. A couple years ago Gustafson joined the Scamps staff as an instructor for the Boys Recreational program where he teaches the fundamentals of gymnastics and shares his passion and knowledge of the sport with younger athletes.
“My goals are to place top five on floor and vault, and top 15 in the All-Around at nationals,” said Gustafson.
“I have been Ian’s coach for almost his entire career,” said Coach David Granger. “The biggest thing that sticks out to me is his work ethic. He has always been very driven to succeed. He will study film over and over again trying understand the technique. It is very fun to coach an athlete that is as dedicated as Ian.”
The mission of Scamps Gymnastics & Legendary CYC All-Star Cheer is to provide children with a safe, positive, fun-filled, progressive movement education experience through the sports of gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading. Recreational and competitive programs are housed in the one of the largest and best equipped gymnastics facilities in Wisconsin to give youth the best experience and opportunities to develop their skills. These programs are supported under Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.