Lewis competes in AAU Jr. Olympics, receives medal

Haley Lewis

  from staff reports
  Haley Lewis competed in the A.A.U. Junior Olympics, which were held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa, from July 30-Aug. 2., in tumbling and trampoline.
  At the Junior Olympics, you have to qualify 10th or better to compete in the finals held later in the week.
  There were over 720 competitors of all ages at the Tumbling and Trampoline A.A.U. Junior Olympics.
  Haley competed in her first qualifying event, the trampoline, on July 30. She finished fourth in her flight, receiving a ribbon, and qualified 10th overall. A tie for the ninth spot dropped Haley out of the finals. Though very disappointed, Haley and her coach Tracy Taylor were still very happy with her performance.
  Haley competed in her second qualifying event, tumbling, on Aug. 1. She finished in third place in her flight, receiving a ribbon and qualified eighth overall, qualifying for the finals.
  She competed in the finals for tumbling on Aug. 2 and finished seventh in her flight and 10th overall, receiving an Olympic medal. She said that the competition she had to go up against was very hard.
  "All of the girls were really great," she said. "To make the Jr. Olympics was an honor and you had to be really good. I knew that I would have to face the biggest challenge of my life. I had to work twice as hard and put in twice the practice hours.
  "I am very happy with my performance. I owe everything to my coach Tracy Taylor. Without her, none of this would have been possible for me."
  Haley also qualified for a chance to try out for the A.A.U. National Team later in the year.
  She is the 10-year-old daughter of David and Sherri Lewis, and is a fifth grader at West Side Elementary School. She also has an older brother, Josh.