by Hope Harrington Oakes

GameTime Athletics All Star Teams competed in the Athletics Championships in Memphis, Tennessee last weekend and came home with trophies and a national championship.  GameTime Level 1 team, Blue Stars had an extraordinary day 2 performance and brought home the 2nd place trophy. GameTime Level 3 team, Blue Odyssey once again demonstrated excellent teamwork, overcame adversity due to illness and performed the most inspiring routines gaining the Bronze trophy in a competitive division. GameTime Level 2 team, Blue Reign, exceeded all expectations both days of competition and came out on top of the Level 2 Division as Grand Champions and Gold Champions. They also achieved two specialty awards, Best Stunt and Most Innovative Choreography. At competitions, the teams are divided by age and ability level. The routines are judged by their level of difficulty, precision, creativity, and entertainment value.

GameTime owner, Stevan Black, credits the excellent coaching skills of Gym Director, Adam Davis, and Coaches Nishelle Heraldo and Erin Burchfield with the success of the teams. He said, “We had a very successful competition with Senior Level 3 finishing 3rd, Junior Level 2 winning the entire division including the championship and  our newest team, Youth Level 1, competing for the first time ever this year and they finished in 2nd place.”  Other competitions will be coming up soon, including the D2 Summit in Orlando, Florida.  “We’ve had two teams that qualified.  This will be the third consecutive year that we’ve qualified for the Summit.  It is considered the ultimate, the Super Bowl of gymnastics, if you will.  Those that compete in the Summit represent the top 10% of the United States.  We have two teams in the same gym that have qualified for that event.  To experience that says a lot about our kids and our coaching staff.  We are so proud of all of them.”

Game Time offers a wide variety of classes such as Recreation Cheer, All Star, Ninja Kids, and private lessons. It is located at 246 Chubby Drive in Columbus, Mississippi. For more information visit their website at  (Courtesy photos)