Local gymnastics training center reopens


POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE / WYOU-TV) – A long-standing gymnastics training center is making a comeback since the pandemic forced its doors to close.

The Pottsville Gymnastics and Theatrical Center has been training young gymnasts for almost 35 years.

“It’s really good to be back,” said Cambrie Herb, a gymnast student.

The pandemic has forced the facility, located above the Salvation Army in downtown Pottsville, to close, preventing many students from honing their skills.

“I missed it so much, I have a bar at home so I was doing whatever I could,” Herb said.

After several months of closure, owner and head coach, Barbara Kost-Lonergan was able to reopen, welcoming her students back to the beams. His students are delighted to be back!

“She has created a loving and nurturing environment in which everyone can feel welcome,” said Abby Thompson, a student gymnast.

The staff had added new routines to the practice to keep the students free of germs. Once each student has finished cleaning their station, they must clean it before they can move on to the next one.

The students also spray themselves with disinfectants. Instructors wear masks but students are not required to wear masks for safety reasons.

“To do different skills, it becomes a danger to what they would do,” said Riley Lonergan, an instructor.

The Pottsville Gymnastics and Theater Center also enforces mandatory social distancing during training.

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