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Gymnastics Coach, Gymnastics Educator, Part time stand up comic.

Parenting Goal: Raising Rebel Girls

Everyone is different. Every little girl needs heroes of her own.

Source: Parenting Goal: Raising Rebel Girls

I recently met a man who told me he reads Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls to his daughters before bed.

As an attentive father, this man professed some of the multitude of ways in which he attempts to give his girls the best possible opportunities in life. For him, programming and technology have provided freedom, and he wants his daughters to have the same opportunities.

One night after watching an Olympic gymnastics meet together as a family, he found his 6-year-old in another room, with a stopwatch, training to be the next Simone Biles. Clearly this little girl has big dreams and is easily motivated. On the other hand, her younger sister does not share the same motivations. She is inspired by different stories and ideas.

Over tea, the man confided that his wife had recently challenged him to consider whether the heroic celebration will send the wrong message to his girls  —  that you must be a high achiever to live a good life. We discussed the merits of celebrating heroes without making little ones feel inadequate. He mentioned that even for his two daughters, reactions to praise and motivation vary greatly between them.

After realizing that his older daughter was so motivated to achieve, my friend changed his tactic. Instead of pointing out every example of success that he thought she would relate to, they started to talk about failures.

Everyone is different. Every little girl needs heroes of her own.

Making an Impact

Within the tech industry, the culture and the story is improving. It may not be obvious from the news, but the fact that we are calling out the bad guys shows that expectations are changing. A hard-working woman or man with a good foundation can have just about any career they want, though selecting the right company culture will always be important.

For women, technical abilities are usually not the biggest career challenge.

Breaking Down Barriers

Men like my friend are an important part of the solution.

By 2030 when his oldest daughter enters the workforce, there will be more women in tech. Efforts like BRAID Research Initiative’s Pilot program have already started to have an impact on Harvey Mudd’s Computer Science statistics will catch on and have an impact, though it will take time. Culture will evolve creating better programs for a more diverse workforce.

Though technical ability is important, it usually isn’t the biggest career challenge for women. Rebel girls need more than technical skills to succeed. They also need to be able to:

– Feel comfortable standing out and being different.
– Recognize their unique value.
– Effectively communicate with and lead a male-dominated group.
– Negotiate  —  not just better salaries, but also through team dynamics.

Dear Fathers and Mentors:

Take interest in what motivates the women in your life. Teach them everything you know. Help them realize their strengths and how valuable they are. Offer the same opportunities to your girls and your boys, and teach them to recognize the unique value in each other. Explore the world with them. While they are little, read them bedtime stories of badass women from history so they dream of conquering the world.

Atlantic- Portsmouth. Level 7 State Meet Results

Level 7 Gymnasts Achieve New Heights

Kingston, NH—April 1. There was no foolin’ the Level 7 Gymnasts from Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center, Portsmouth (AGTC) as they captured second place in the 2017 New Hampshire State Championships. Competing among 70 of the state’s top Level 7 competitors, Atlantic gymnasts achieved a combined team score of 111.725 placing them second in a field of sixteen teams. As with all competitions, individual achievements were divided into equal age divisions.
Representing the eleven-and-under age division was Madeline Brandt (North Hampton) who placed second on balance beam with a personal best score of 9.575, fourth on floor, fifth on bars and eighth on vault. She achieved fourth-place all-around in the age division with a combined score of 37.25. She placed tenth among all Level 7 gymnasts in the state which earned her a spot as an “All-Star” in the Division 6 Regional Competition to be held in Springfield, Massachusetts on Sunday, 23 April.
Gabriella Verno (Lee) captured gold on vault in the twelve-year-old age division scoring a near perfect (9.650). Ms. Verno placed seventh on both bars and beam and placed seventh all-around in the division as well.
Teammates, Grace Schwaegerle, Francesca Toracinta, Katherine Weathersby and Madison Zadravec boldly represented Team Atlantic in the fourteen-year-old division. Ms. Schwaegerle (Rye) place third all-around in the division with a combined score of 35.20. Her achievements included placing third on bars, fourth on beam and vault and fifth on floor. She will also be representing New Hampshire in Regionals as an “All Star”. Ms. Toracinta (Kittery) impressed with a fifth-place bars routine, sixth-place beam and vault placing her fifth all-around in the division. Katherine Weathersby (Portsmouth) performed consistently on beam, floor and vault placing seventh with a solid bars routine. Madison Zadravec (Portsmouth) took gold on vault with a personal best score of 9.70. Additionally, she placed fourth on bars which resulted in a seventh-place finish all-around.
Successfully representing the fifteen-year-old age division was Gillian Croteau. Ms. Croteau captured first place on vault, third place on bars, fifth place on floor and seventh on beam. She placed fourth all-around in the division.Level 7 Team.JPG

Atlantic- Portsmouth Level 6 State Meet Results


The Level 6 AGTC team had a great state meet, finishing fifth as a team overall. The team had many standout performances. In the eleven-year-old division, Cameron Zadravec finished seventh on bars and beam, tenth on vault, eleventh on floor, and ninth in the all-around.  Ava Lindsay finished fifth on vault and eleventh all-around. Teammate Avery Dinges captured tenth on beam. In the 12B division, Zoe Rahn finished second on bars, third on vault, and fifth on beam, placing her third overall. Teammate Sinead Dolan captured fourth on floor. In the 13- year-old division, Julia Hackley finished second on bars, fifth on beam and floor, and sixth on vault, placing her third in the all-around. Isabelle Balfour placed second on vault, sixth on beam and floor, and fourth all-around. Maren Hennessy took eighth on vault, and teammate Anya Bakin showcased solid performances on vault and floor.

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Atlantic – Portsmouth Level 4 State Championships

Congratulations to the Level 4 AGTC team on their strong competition at States! Fantastic 1st place AA finish for Lindsey Lee (37.550) and super 3rd place finish to Malaya Brisson (35.875) in each of their age categories. Hadley Prewitt and Eliza Penfold each earned a 1st place spot for Bars in their age categories (9.625 and 9.250 respectively). Also hitting solid bar routines were Kendall Prewitt (4th place 9.375), Teagan Wilson (2nd place 9.1) and Bella Trinceri (2nd place 9.4). Maddie McMahon (9.025), Rachel Khoury (8.825) and Ava Burness (8.35) all performed strong on the floor exercise. Tori Liedecke stuck beam and scored a 9.1. This team worked so hard all season and we are very proud of them!!!



Atlantic Qualifies 2 gymnasts to Level 8 Regional Championships

Team Atlantic Level 8 gymnasts had a strong performance at NH State Championships. Sarah Craft competed in the 13,14 year old age group and finished in 7th place in the all round. Also in the same age group, Anya Cunningham finished in 8th place in the all around. Both gymnasts earned a coveted spot on the NH Regional Team. New Hampshire has 48 Level 8 competitors and the state is only allotted 16 spots to the regional meet. The pair will compete in Springfield, MA on Saturday, April 22nd a the Region VI Regional Gymnastics Championships. Dominique Chasse and Heidi Fortin competed in the 15 and over age group. Dominique finished in 9th place over all and also finished in 9th on balance beam. Heidi finished in 8th all around and performed a strong bar routine for a 7th place finish in a competitive age group. The team finished 4th over all in a field of 8 teams.



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Kingston, NH—April 2, 2017, Level 5 gymnasts from Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center (AGTC) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire are the New Hampshire Level 5 team state champions. Thirty-three Level 5 gymnasts from across the state competed on Sunday at the state championship meet, which was held at Sanborn Regional High School and hosted by Gymnastics at Brentwood Commons.

In the 9-10 age division, Marin Morrison (Northwood, NH) earned personal best scores for the season on the balance beam (9.325) and in the all-around competition (36.1) and captured medals for her performances on the beam (second place), uneven bars (third place), floor exercise (third place), and all-around competition (fourth place). Eva Hersey (Elliot, ME) put in a personal best performance of the season on the floor exercise (8.825) and took home fifth place medals on both the uneven bars and the balance beam.

In the 11 year old age division, Sydney Andrews (Hampton, NH) executed consistent performances on all events at the state championship, earning medals in each event and the all-around competition. Andrews took home second place on the uneven bars, fifth place on beam, sixth place on floor, eighth place on vault, and fourth place in the all-around competition, including personal best scores for the season on floor (9.15), balance beam (8.95), and uneven bars (8.95). Shea Graham (Hampton, NH) is the 11 year-old Level 5 state champion for vault (9.4) and floor exercise (9.45), earning personal best scores for the season in each event, which contributed to her fifth place finish in the all-around competition. Maggie Friel (Rye, NH) put in personal best performances of the season on the uneven bars (8.675) and floor exercise (8.6), earning a sixth place medal for her bars routine.

Lily Buono (Newmarket, NH) is the 12+ year old Level 5 uneven bars state champion, with a personal best score for the season of 9.2. Buono led Atlantic’s Level 5 team with a personal best score of 36.25 in the all-around, which earned her a third place medal in the highly competitive 12+ age group. Avery Cole (Hampton, NH) executed a personal best performance for the season on the floor exercise (8.95) and earned a fourth place medal for her high-flying uneven bars routine.
The State Championship marks the end of the competitive gymnastics season for the Level 5 gymnasts. The girls are excited to return to the gym to work on new skills for next season. They are coached by Alexis Nault and Tony Retrosi.

About Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center
Founded in 1994 by Tony Retrosi, Atlantic Gymnastics Training Center (ATGC) has trained
hundreds of gymnasts. From parent and child recreational classes to a competitive USA
gymnastics team programs. With locations in Portsmouth and Dover, ATGC offers classes fit for all levels starting at 6 months old all the way up Elite competitive gymnasts. Proven to be a great base sport for any child, gymnastics is often used to increase strength and coordination.


Results: Dover Xcel compete at A2 gym.

Over the weekend of March 25-26th the Atlantic Gymnastics Dover Xcel team competed in the Xcel Spectacular meet hosted by A2 Gym and Cheer. Dover’s gymnasts have been working hard perfecting their routines in anticipation of the NH State meet quickly approaching. Their hard work paid off with all four level placing in the top three.

In the Bronze level the Dover gymnasts were divided into three age groups keeping in theme with the meet: Awesome, Xcellent, and Xtreme. In the Awesome age division Gracie Schmidt took 1st on bars with a 9.55, 3rd on beam with a 9.425, 3rd on floor and 1st in the all-around with a 37.85. Samantha Bishop placed 3rd on bars with a 9.25, 2nd on beam with a 9.525, 1st on floor with a 9.55, and 3rd in the all-around with a 37.575. In the Xcellent age group Kaylee Corman took 2nd on floor with a 9.525. Kaitlin Cady earned 1st on vault with a 9.55, 2nd on bar with a 9.4, 2nd on beam with a 9.5 and placed 1st in the all-around with a 37.65. Sophia Day tied with Kaitlin on vault scoring a 9.55 and placing 2nd. The tie was broken based on which gymnast scored higher in the all-around. Averie Marcotte placed 1st on floor with a 9.775 and took 3rd in the all-around with a 37.6. Katherine Indelicato placed 3rd on beam scoring a 9.3. In the Xtreme age group, Bea Van Campen placed 2nd on bars with a 9.275. Cate Palmer earned 1st on bars with a 9.425, and 2nd on floor with a 9.7 and 2nd in the all-around with a 37.925. Atlantic Xcel Bronze placed 1st in the team division with a 114.5.

Atlantic’s Silver team did ‘Xtremely Awesome’ as well! In the Awesome age division Savanah Hughes placed 1st on vault with a 9.375 and 2nd on floor with a 9.575. Brooke Kelly took 3rd on vault with a 9.3. In the Xcellent age group Brooke Helliwell placed 1st on vault with a 9.35, 1st on floor with a huge score of 9.8 snf took 2nd in the all-around with a 38.0. Gabby Sasien earned 3rd place on floor with a 9.575. In the Xtreme group Erica Chase placed 2nd on vault with a 9.5. Audrey Choate took 2nd on beam scoring a 9.5. The Silver team took 2nd place overall with a 114.225.

The Gold team has performed outstandingly well this entire season. In the Awesome age group Natalie Sicard placed 3rd on bars with a 9.225 and 3rd in the all-around with a 36.725. In the Xcellent age group Delaney Sauers took 2nd on vault with a 9.375, 2nd on bars with a 9.35, 1st on floor with a 9.5, and 2nd in the all-around with a 37.575. Anya Marengo earned 1st on bars with a 9.65, 2nd on beam with a 9.45, 2nd on floor with a 9.45, and 1st in the all-around with a 37.75. Cadence Howard placed 3rd on vault with a 9.35, 3rd on bars with a 9.25, 1st on beam with a 9.55, and 3rd in the all-around with a 37.275. Annie Beikman, part of the Xtreme age group, placed 1st on beam with a 9.65, 2nd on floor with a 9.5, and 2nd in the all-around with a 37.3. Ariel Bonney took 3rd on vault with a 9.425. Ariel also performed a new dismount off bars, her fly away, which she has been working on perfecting over the past few weeks. Jillian Driscoll placed 2nd on vault with a 9.45. Jillian also performed a new dismount off of beam, her back tuck! Atlantic’s Gold team took home 1st place with a 113.6.

In the Platinum level Sarah Bieniek performed her layout full on floor. She has been working hard to ensure that her twisting is near perfect. Sarah, part of the Awesome age division, placed 1st on vault with a 9.4 and 3rd in the all-around with a 37.05. In the Xcellent age group Bethany Howard placed 2nd on vault with a 9.125 and 2nd on beam with a 9.25. Alexa Nelson took 3rd on vault with a 9.1, 2nd on bars wtih a 9.0, 1st on beam with a 9.425, 1st on floor with a 9.525, and 1st in the all-around scoring a 37.05. The Platinum team took home 2nd place with a 110.3.

Atlantic’s gymnast will compete next at the Spring Fling hosted by Granite State Gymnastics over the weekend of April 22nd-23rd. A2 Bronze.jpg

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