They say sports is a good learning experience for life. It is sad to say that the Escanaba gymnastics team has learned a little bit about the rough side of life lately.
If you recall, the program was cut by the board of education in trying to come up with a balanced budget after the state made cuts to the schools' funding. At that time 25 girls were told several weeks before their first event, the program no longer existed.
After a brief period of time, outside support came along in the form of a donation from the Eskymo Fan Club, and the program was given a one-year reprieve; however, since that time, the program now has dropped down to 18 athletes.
This break in the action has put the girls behind and they will have a shortened season. To make matters worse, they have had to start from scratch for their training. This can hinder their performance until they get back into shape because their muscles are having to be rebuilt.
We are glad to see the program has been saved, but we also feel for the athletes. It is not easy to start and stop a training program and be at the top of your game in a short period.
We know they are working hard and they have to understand that they are just starting and there is room for improvement. They also have to understand this is what life is all about - curveballs.
In this case, a bad scenario has been corrected. We also think it will make the athletes that much stronger to overcome adversity down the road. We wish the gymnasts the best this year.