Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
January 22, 2010 Issue
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Laura Stabbert | Democrat

MONTICELLO GYMNASTS CLUB Head Coach Pedro Tweed helps first-grader Alisha Trautschold as she flips off the vault.

Young gymnasts show off skills at exhibition

By Laura Stabbert
MONTICELLO — On Friday evening, the Monticello Gymnastics Club hosted its 25th annual Exhibition at the Monticello High School gymnasium.
The exhibition is the club’s biggest fundraiser and the gym was packed with friends and family eager to support Head Coach Pete Tweed and the members of the Monticello Gymnastics Club.
Betsy Conaty, the former Recreation Director for the Village of Monticello and a Professor of Athletics at Sullivan County Community College was the Master of Ceremonies and kept the event running smoothly.
The gymnasts ranged in age from only 1 to 15 years of age.
There were 20 “Tiny Tots” who practice once a week with Coach Tweed and performed in front of the audience, doing stunts such as summersaults and walking the balance beam with the help of a parent.
The teams were divided up by age, with Level 7 being the most experienced gymnasts, who performed more intricate routines.
At intermission Pete Tweed presented Conaty with a plaque, thanking her for her help for the past 19 years. Tweed was also presented with a plaque for 25 years of devotion to the Monticello Gymnastics Club.
Tweed responded to the crowd, “Thank you, this club would not be a success without all of you, the children and parents.”
Following the exhibition, Tweed shared his philosophy for the club.
“My goal is to keep kids positive and do something positive,” he said.