Calhoun gym competes at Olympic coach's tournament
Feb. 11, 2017 at 8:36 p.m.
Updated Feb. 11, 2017 at 8:40 p.m.
GALVESTON - Port Lavaca's TNT Elite Gymnastics competed in the Chow's Challenge on Feb. 3-5 at the Galveston Convention Center.
Olympic coach and Liang Chow, who is best known for coaching Olympic champions around the world, including Olympians Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas, hosted the tournament.
"We didn't think the competition would be the way it was," said Brianna Passmore, who co-owns TNT Elite Gymnastics with her sister Alysha Dudley. "Chow was walking around and cheering on the girls during the entire meet."
More than 1,000 athletes from 20 states competed in the event. Kendall Cunningham, who was participating in her first event, scored all 9s to lead TNT Elite.
"We have Levels 1, 2 and 3 with four girls in each level and a pre-team with eight girls," Passmore said. "All the levels competed and were able to meet Chow. It was exciting."
Passmore is hoping their time with Chow will motivate and encourage her team in the future.
"It shows that when you start at a young age, you can work up to bigger and better things," she said. "Hard work pays off no matter what you want to do. If you put your mind into something, it's possible these girls can be in a position Gabby Douglas or Shawn Johnson were in with working with a coach like Chow."