Community Champions: Bel Air gymnastics goes down the history books with the best state finish in program history


EL PASO, Texas – The Bel Air Women’s Gymnastics team knew there was something special on the way to the season.

Despite the challenges they faced as a result of Covid-19, the team overcame obstacles and finished the season with their best result in state competition.

The Highlanders are among the top ten teams in Texas after finishing in 6th place in the state.

For Bel Air head coach Kristen Schumacher, it was a special accomplishment as this year marked his 35th season at Bel Air.

Schumacher says this year’s girl group was special and their success was the result of all the hard work they put in this season.

“It just keeps on growing and growing.” said Schumacher. “Here we are today with the 6th best team in the state for high school gymnastics, it’s amazing.”

At the state competition, Schumacher also received the Texas Gymnastics Coach of the Year award.

A well-deserved recognition for a coach who has spent more than 3 decades at Bel Air.

“We started without equipment at Bel Air,” said Schumacher. “Then we got some equipment, then we got a new gym, and now I have amazing athletes and it’s overwhelming.”

This season has also been special for Bel Air gymnast Amanda Martinez, a senior on the team.

She finished in third place as an individual in the state competition.

Martinez credits all of his teammates for the success they have had this year.

She added that she was happy to help lay the groundwork for Bel Air’s gymnastics program, and she believes the best is yet to come for the Highlanders.

“There is so much potential in this team,” said Martinez. “I hope I did my job to inspire them, and to keep working hard and I hope they can take it further. Honestly, they have more potential than me, and I see them outdo me and do better things than me. ”

For their accomplishments this season, the Bel Air gymnastics team has been named Community Champions.

Community Champions is sponsored by Albertsons and the El Paso Community Foundation.


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