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THE HISTORY OF CARROLL GYMNASTICS
Carroll Gymnastics is celebrating over 40 years of tumbling fun!
In the fall of 1979, founder Greg Becker opened the doors to Carroll Gymnastics Center with the team known as the Westminster Walkovers. It began at Westminster High School, with practices on Saturday afternoons and two nights a week at the Multipurpose Center on Center Street. There was no spring floor at the time; instead, the floor consisted of two rows of panel mats which the team members and class participants would share. A part of the Recreation and Parks program of Westminster, Carroll Gymnastics moved all of its workouts into the Multipurpose Center, filling the schedule with many classes and competitive team practices.
In 1992, Carroll Gymnastics relocated to the old Hampstead Elementary School building, where it stayed for a few short years, and then returned to the Multipurpose Center in Westminster. By 2003, the program had outgrown the facility and moved to the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Hampstead.
In 2011, Carroll Gymnastics separated from the Recreation and Parks program and became incorporated under the direction of Cathy Phillips. Soon after, the program moved to its current home at 5 South Center Street in Westminster, Maryland. Carroll Gymnastics, Inc. continues to thrive with over 400 children in the class program and 55 gymnasts on the competitive team.
The current CGI Director, Cathy Phillips, grew up competing for Carroll Gymnastics. She has many exciting memories of CGI, and the program has always been an important part of her life.
Continuing the tradition in Carroll County for more than 40 years, Carroll Gymnastics thrives on encouraging and teaching children the excitement of gymnastics!
The Carroll Gymnastics’ facility is a 20,000-square-foot building. The uniqueness of the facility allows for different areas of concentration. The main gym is located on the 2nd floor, with a viewing area around the perimeter of the 3rd floor. This allows for viewing down into the gym from all angles.
Off of the Main Gym is a preschool room, a boys room, and a locker room. On the 1st level is a tumbling pit, with a built-in trampoline, as well as a ballet room, used for classes and team.
The CGI equipment includes six balance beams, two bar sets, one high bar, two bar trainers, a vault table, a full-size competition spring floor, a tumble track, a block pit for bar dismounts and tumbling, and a full-size trampoline.
In order to continue to provide a safe, enjoyable environment, Carroll Gymnastics continues to invest in new equipment and matting as necessary.