Gymnastics star Cannizzaro competes at national championships

Rebecca Cannizzaro, pictured alongside coach John Meehan, will compete at the 2014 USAIGC National/ International Championships on June 30 to July 3. (Submitted Photo)

PHOENIXVILLE – A will to succeed, strong dedication to practice and a natural talent make all the difference in the world when it comes to being selected to compete at the national level as a gymnast. One local gymnast can attest to the benefits of it.

After qualifying for her spot at the Pennsylvania State level, Rebecca Cannizzaro is going to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. to participate in the 2014 USAIGC National/ International Championship gymnastics event.

From June 30 to July 3, Cannizzaro, 18, and a member of the Aerials Fit’n Fun USAIGC Gymnastics Team in Phoenixville, will compete in the All Around and Individual events at the Silver level.

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Coach John Meehan, who has coached Cannizzaro for the past nine years through many good and bad times, praised her for her hard work.

“It has been a distinct privilege watching Rebecca push through the sweat and tears to success,” Meehan said. “At this meet, I only wish her to give it all she has; there’s nothing to lose.”

Cannizzaro, with 11 years of gymnastics experience, has been an outstanding gymnast for Aerials Fit ‘n Fun for nine years, winning many awards and honors. She will compete for the second time at the national level. In September 2013, Cannizzaro decided to return to gymnastics after a nearly two-year layoff due to dislocating both elbows at the same time. It has been a long hard road regaining the skills required for this demanding sport.

Cannizzaro, from Collegeville, recently graduated from Spring-Ford Area High School, and will attend Slippery Rock University in the Fall of 2014 to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

“Congratulations to Rebecca and her supportive parents on this achievement,” Meehan added. “It is an honor to guide her through the joys of gymnastics. I know her parents join the Aerials staff in letting Rebecca know we are very proud of her.”