North Platte to host state gymnastics meet

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP)- North Platte is set to host the USA Nebraska State Gymnastics meet, December 7-9.

Legacy Dance & Gymnastics, North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Beueau, and Sandhills Convention Center teamed up to submit a bid to host the event for the second straight year. While their bid was rejected last year, this year they won the bid, to have the event in North Platte for the first time ever.

The meet will host over 350 gymnasts from across the state, between the ages of four and fourteen.

Shelly McNulty, the manager of the gymnastics portion of Legacy Dance & Gymnastics, says the meet is coming together nicely thanks to the support they've received throughout the area.

"We've had a lot of hard work from our parents club, from the team girls and their parents, as well as a lot of parents from legacy dance and gymnastics. We have a lot of sponsors from around the community that have come out to support it, so that's awesome," McNulty said.

This event is normally held out east, and most often in Omaha or Lincoln. Legacy typically has to go out to Omaha or Lincoln for their meets, sometimes even having to go to Colorado or Wyoming.

McNulty hopes the state meet will give Legacy Gymnastics the chance to show off their ability to host, as well as perform.

"I'd like them to realize that we can put on a great meet here as well as Lincoln or Omaha. Also to showcase that we have kids that do this great sport in their backyard, and i don't think that everyone knows that," McNulty said.

When asked who was more excited North Platte won the bid, between her and the kids, McNulty said, "I think the kids. I think they're excited to not have to go far away and actually have a lot of their friends and family come visit or watch them here. We actually have a meet here, as well in march every year, but this is a bigger deal, this is a state meet."