Need somebody to coach your gymnastics team?
Gina Javorek would be a wise coach.
The Aurora head coach knows a little bit about the sport and she has a few pupils in her program to justify her expertise.
Quite a few, actually.
That’s because Javorek is also the head coach at West Geauga in Chesterland, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in Chardon, Orange in Pepper Pike and Mayfield.
Javorek isn’t ready to collapse because of pure exhaustion. Not yet, at least.
That’s because all six teams train together at West Geauga.
Don’t worry, Aurora fans. She’s all in with the Greenmen despite having a lot on her mind.
The future looks bright too. Some gymnasts have found Aurora to be a desirable place to train.
"We’ll see where it goes," Javorek said. "We’re trying to build a program and make it the best it can be. There is club gymnastics in Aurora."
Last season, the Greenmen had only four young ladies dressed in leotards. And their top gymnast from that rather small team has moved forward.
Corinne Henderson, a two-sport star who qualified for the district competition in the all-around and uneven parallel bars’ events, graduated during the spring.
This winter’s squad will have just three gymnasts. Two of them represented the green and white colors last season.
They are Katie Zamary and Lauren Lubin, who are two teenagers their 12th-year head coach absolutely adores.
"Katie is the hardest worker in the gym," Javorek said. "She’s zoned in all the time. I love her effort, attitude, drive and determination. All that can take her pretty far and she knows it. She’s very smart. She’s going to give all her best every time she can.
"Lauren is overcoming back surgery. She’s a great, great kid. She recently was cleared to do the little things. We’re hoping she will be able to do something special to finish her gymnastics’ career."
Javorek also welcomes a hotshot freshman. Her name is Nina Turba, a Level 9 gymnast who will join the team next month once her club season is over.
"Nina is really talented," Javorek said. "She has been practicing here and there. I’m excited for her. She’s a really sweet girl. That’s the beauty of being a freshman. She doesn’t know what it’s about yet. I have high hopes for Nina."
Although she doesn’t have very many gymnasts dressed in green, Javorek will have plenty of helping hands by her side during the winter.
With six teams at her disposal, why not?
Javorek’s returning assistants are Katie Enders and Ron Zahursky. She also will be joined by first-year coaches Margeaux Mackin, Krista Lear and Rachael Fritz.
Javorek knows gymnastics is no ordinary activity. In a physically demanding sport such as this one, putting your body in awkward, uncomfortable positions is the name of the game.
"It’s black and white," Javorek said. "If you’re good, you’re good. If you’re not, you’re not. We know the competition. Sometimes it’s whether you hit or not. It’s a friendly competition, though. It’s a sport that builds character."
Aurora is scheduled to make its 2019-20 debut against Mentor, Chardon and Kirtland Wednesday at West Geauga High School. The competition is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
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