Gymnastics centers forced to close, unsure of future

Victoria Gymagic and Manning Gymnastics have both closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

VICTORIA, Texas — Athletes at Victoria Gymagic and Manning Gymnastics had planned to use these weeks preparing for state and regional competitions next month. Instead, they’re unsure when they’ll be allowed back in the gym.

Local gymnastics centers Victoria Gymagic and Manning Gymnastics have temporarily closed following Gov. Abbott’s executive order last week that ordered the shut down of all bars, restaurants, nightclubs and gyms in the state amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Both Manning and Gymagic were preparing to send teams to State Championships in Katy next month, and Regionals in Fort Worth the following week. Both of those events have been canceled by USA Gymnastics.

“As far as elite athletes, this is one of those times where it’s going to be a lot of mental training, mental focus, and mental preparation,” said Gymagic owner Ashten Linney on Friday.

Manning head coach Chad Ganaway said he wants his athletes to think in terms of what they can control.

“This time definitely sets everyone back,” said Ganaway. “But at the same time I think we’re all faced with something way bigger than sport, and all we can do is continue to try to choose faith over fear.”

USA Gymnastics has canceled competition through May 10th. The governing body has not yet made a decision on National Championships, which are set to take place in mid-June in St. Louis for levels 8 and up, and in Salt Lake City in July for levels 5-7.