Getting in a rhythmPublished 9:54am Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Alexander City Gymnastics has been on quite the international kick as of late.
This past Friday was no exception, as the gymnasts and coaches welcomed an accomplished rhythmic gymnast as a special guest.
Ingrid Phau, a native of Chile, served as a guest instructor for the youth gymnasts. She won the 1984 Chilean national championship in rhythmic gymnastics.
Currently, Ingrid owns her own gymnastics school, Ingrid’s Gymnastics, in Birmingham.
Ingrid’s daughter, Gabby, also accompanied her during the visit.
Gabby, who is also an accomplished gymnasts that has won numerous medals in competitions in Alabama and Georgia, served as a demonstrator for the various skills Ingrid imparted on Alexander City’s gymnastics team.
Most of Ingrid’s teachings focused on helping the local athletes improve upon their skill levels, as well as some unique exerices based around Ingrid’s field of expertise – rhythmic gymnastics.
Alexander City Gymnastics coach David Coleman has know Ingrid for 20 years, and he said the gymnasts were excited to learn from someone with Ingrid and Gabby’s record of success.
“The gymnasts at Alexander City were thrilled and inspired to have this mother and daughter team work with them and look forward to their next visit, as both Ingrid and Gabby would like to continue networking with Alexander City Gymnastics in the future,” Coleman said.
For more information on the Alexander City Parks and Recreation gymnastics program, call 256-329-6776 or visit the gymnastics center at 216 Tallapoosa St. in historic downtown Alexander City at the Old Bama Theater.