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Tumbling to victory By AMBER KROSEL - [email protected] (...) | Add CommentsE-mail this storyPrint this storyCommentsShareHUNTLEY â€" The first rule about Flight Club is ...

you talk a lot about Flight Club.And there's plenty of conversation going around given the Huntley group's recent victories at nationals.The Flight Club Power Tumbling and Trampoline team in Huntley stormed through a national competition in Amarillo, Texas, this month, racking up several top-10 placements in three events.Five members from the group's competitive team â€" four girls and one boy ages 7 to 17 â€" completed the tumbling, trampoline and double-mini events.

The latter involves running up to a trampoline and bouncing across it.For the relatively new club's low-key status, the team's results in its first year of the U.S.

Tumbling and Trampoline Association National Competition were impressive."They compete against kids who have done it for years," said Stacey Wall, the club's head coach of programming.

"Getting into the top 10 is kind of a big deal for nationals."The individuals compete in groups divided by age and experience level.

Most groups had about 20 to 30 children, Wall said.The following local children competed in events:• Claire Filti, 11, of Huntley placed fifth in tumbling, ninth in trampoline, and third in double-mini.• Grace Filti, 7, of Huntley placed 14th in tumbling, first in trampoline, and 10th in double-mini.• Jordan Hein, 8, of Huntley placed third in tumbling, first in trampoline, and first in double-mini.• Tabitha Hein, 14, of Huntley placed seventh in tumbling, eighth in trampoline, and third in double-mini.• Krissa Victor, 17, of McHenry placed 11th in tumbling, sixth in trampoline, and 18th in double-mini.Last spring, 19 children joined the group's start-up.

This year, 31 are involved, with some already preparing for next year's nationals in Springfield.Programs at Flight Club are open year-round to the public, including summer camps and classes separate from the competitive team.Comments Show / Hide Comments Add CommentsClick here to read the rules for posting commentsReport AbuseYou must register with a valid email to post comments.

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