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Five children practice backbends their first day of a Child and Youth School Services sponsored class at Hunter Army Airfield's Tominac Fitness center, July 13.

<b>HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga.-</b> Future gymnasts ages 4-13 bent over backward to show off their novice skills on the first day of gymnastics camp at Hunter Army Airfield's Tominac Fitness Center, July 13.
The class, taught by Deborah Reynolds, which continued through July 17, was sponsored by the Fort Stewart Child and Youth School Services.
Reynolds said the Hunter class of five beginners learned the basics of gymnastics. They learned how to do handstands, cartwheels, backbends and splits. She said safety is important in any gymnastics class, and the Hunter class is no exception.
"When they do handstands, one of the main things they learn is to catch themselves if they start to fall," Reynolds said. "In everyday life we fall. We learn how to catch ourselves, wipe ourselves off and get back up."
Parents are encouraged to watch on-going CYSS classes to find a good fit for their child.
"Gymnastics is not for everyone. It's a lot of hard work," Reynolds said. "Not all children are physically able to do some of the stuff, so (parents) need to come in and observe a class and see how their child responds."
Reynolds also teaches her Fort Stewart students how to use the uneven bars, back bars, balance beam and the floor.
Parents can find out more information about CYSS programs and classes such as gymnastics by contacting Amber Vega on Stewart at 767-6071 or Julie Isaza on Hunter at 315-5708.

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