Summer job: York teen guides young gymnasts

Trinity Thomas, of York, is a gymnast and coaches in Lancaster. (Photo submitted by Trinity Thomas)

Trinity Thomas, of York, is a gymnast and coaches in Lancaster. (Photo submitted by Trinity Thomas)

For Trinity Thomas, there is no summer vacation.

Trinity is a 15-year-old member of the USA Gymnastics team and Junior International Elite gymnast. She spends most of her time doing gymnastics, even in the off season, summer, when she coaches at her home gym, Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster.

Early morning practices begin at 7 a.m. for Trinity. Once training ends at 11:30, work starts.

Trinity started gymnastics at age 6, which is actually considered late. She started working and practicing at Prestige Gymnastics in 2014.

At Prestige Gymnastics, the girls are split into levels based on skill.

Trinity is at the junior elite level which means she competes internationally. Junior elite is the second highest level of gymnastics, only before senior elite. The girls that she coaches are level 5, usually 7-12 years old.

Since Trinity is only 15, her age is both a positive and negative for her job. When asked what her hardest thing or largest obstacle was in coaching, she explained how the gymnasts had to trust her.

In gymnastics, the trust between a coach and gymnast is extremely important. Trust allows the gymnast to train confidently. If she falls, the coach will catch her. If she makes a mistake, the coach will correct her. Trinity said since she is only 15 the girls might not trust her as much as some of the older coaches.

On the other hand, Trinity loves gymnastics. It’s her passion, and it has to be, at the intense level that she competes. And the fact that she is so young, but has so much experience might make her an even better coach.

“I love working with the kids because I feel that I can teach them a lot being a young teenager myself because I know what goes through their little heads,”

Trinity currently lives in York and attends Connections Academy, a cyber school.

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