Texas East Gymnastics prepares for state competition

Texas East Gymnastics prepares for state competition
Texas East Gymnastics (Source: KLTV)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Texas East Gymnastics first opened in 1969, and their goal is to help children succeed through physical activities.

Boys Team Coach Tom Matteucci said he's getting his team ready for state competition.

"We have three weeks left until state, and we have a shot to win, so we need to meet," Matteucci said. "That's why we're here, we're celebrating boys gymnastics. Our family, friends, [and] people who couldn't usually travel to our meets in Houston and Dallas ... can come here with us, and they're celebrating the boys."

Matteucci has been coaching for over 25 years. He said going to state prepares his team for their future in gymnastics.

"I believe Texas is the first or second largest state in the country for gymnastics," he said. "Most of the Olympic team comes from Texas, so Texas is a huge hotbed for gymnastics."

He says the sport also teaches the boys life lessons.

"I'm developing young boys nto young men," he says. "I'm excited that they're not only learning gymnastics, but we're also training them to be a teammate ... to work well with each other and kindness, trust for each other, honesty and then just working hard when no one's watching you."

The boys have been practicing up to 10 hours a week since the beginning of June to prepare for state competition. Their coach says regardless of the outcome, his team has worked extremely hard this season.

The boys team will be competing at the state competition on March 23rd in Fort Worth, Texas.

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