TAR HEEL — A Bladen County youngster turned some heads recently when she participated in several regional gymnastics competitions.
Kiera Lewis, 8, has been training in gymnastics for only 16 months, and began competing just this year.
“I’m a pretty proud parent who enjoys supporting Kiera,” said Robin McDonald. “I’ve enjoyed watching her become a successful gymnast.”
Lewis, who trains with the Lumberton Gymnast Academy, attends Plain View Primary School and is a member of Clark’s Chapel AME Zion Church in Tar Heel.
Her first competition came on Jan. 30, when she participated in the Tiger Paw Competition in Clemson, S.C. There, the young gymnast earned five medals — including first place in the all-around category.
On March 2, Lewis traveled to compete in the Greensboro Invitational Competition where she excelled once again, garnering another five medals — including her second straight first place in the all-around.
Just six days later, on March 8, Lewis went to Raleigh to compete in the St. Patrick’s Competition, where she earned four medals and the all-around first-place trophy.
On March 15, she competed in the Hang 10 Competition in Rocky Point and took four medals — along with the all-around first-place trophy.
Two weeks later, on March 30, Lewis earned four medals and the all-around first-place trophy at the Kid Sport Competition in Elon.
After a month-long break during April, Lewis traveled to Mooresville on May 2 for the 2014 Bronze & silver State Competition, where she snared four more medals and the third-place award in the all-around category.
On May 16, Lewis completed her recent run of competitions by traveling to to Hickory for the 2014 Regional Xcel Championships. There she earned four medals and also took first place in the all-around.
Lewis’ scored at the Regional Xcel Championships included at 9.5002 in the vault, a 9.801 in the bars, a 9.6502 in the beam, a 9.5501 in the floor exercise and 38.5001 in the all-around scoring.
“Thirty medals and three trophies is pretty phenomenal, I think,” McDonald said. “She is now back in training for the rest of the year, and her next competition season will start in December or January.”