By Tamas Mondovics
Tampa Bay Rhythmics Gymnastics, led by Owner and Head Coach Tyana Marlowe, was pleased to bring its competitive season to a close with its traditional week-long, end-of year-camp, showcasing its talented gymnasts, standout stars as well celebrity supporters such as Rhythmic Gymnastics National Champion and 2012 Olympian Julie Zetlin.
For the second time in many years Zetlin has traveled from the west coast to spend a week with Marlowe’s girls sharing her coaching expertise and experience with the young gymnasts who hope to perhaps one day become Olympians themselves.
“It’s a pleasure to come back and spend another week with the girls here,” Zetlin said of the gym located at 6542 Krycul Ave. in Riverview, which brings together gymnasts from FishHawk, Bloomingdale, Valrico, Brandon, Riverview and other nearby communities.
During the camp, Zetlin enjoyed the company of 14-year-old Sydney Rhoads who has quickly grown into a junior elite level 10 gymnast with the potential to lead the competition entering the next phase of her athletic career.
Rhodes this year qualified for the elite national championships and finished as the 16th best ranked junior in the country.
“I have been involved in this sport for over 30 years and Sydney’s quick success in this sport is a very rare occurrence,” Marlowe said. “This child has the Olympic potential.”
Under Marlowe’s continued guidance, Rhoads will now train to reach the elite status in the senior division.
“This sport is a great fit for me and I am looking forward to taking my abilities to the next level,” Rhoads said.
For more information about Tampa Bay Rhythmics, visit www.tampabay rhythmics.com.