COLDWATER — Coldwater senior Katie Kimble has always excelled on the field of play, whether it be as part of the award winning Cardinal Gymnastics team, or part of the Coldwater golf team, as a member of the Coldwater cheer team or even as part of the Cardinal track and field team. However Kimble’s real passion, the love of gymnastics and cheer, will lead her to the next level as Kimble recently signed her letter of intent to compete for the Adrian College Acrobatics and Tumbling Team.
Acrobatics and Tumbling, according to Kimble’s description, is a combination of “competitive cheer and gymnastics and is basically tumbling and acrobatics like stunting and pyramids and such.”
Currently there are just under 40 acrobatics and tumbling teams across the country as the sport has shown to be one of the fastest growing sports around.
“The first time I heard about the sport was about two years ago during my sophomore year,” said Kimble. “I talked with the coach from Trine University and she talked to the gymnastics team about the sport and what it was all about. I got excited about the prospect of being able to do this at college and after being accepted at both Trine and Adrian I chose to be a Bulldog.”
Initially Kimble had her mind set on competing for both the Acrobatics and Tumbling team as well as the Bulldog Track team but because of season overlap she was unable to make that happen.
While the Acrobatic and Tumbling team may be new to some folks across the area, the idea is nothing new to Kimble who has been an avid gymnast for the past nine years and has excelled with the Cardinal Gymnastics team.
“It is nice to be able to continue doing what I love,” said Kimble. “The Balance Beam is my favorite event and after getting over the injury I had on the event two years ago, and after I managed to build my confidence back up, I have grown to really love it.”
Kimble now looks back on her time at Coldwater, playing in a number of sports and experiencing so many moments on the field of play. “For me, probably the best thing out of all the sports I’ve done is being able to compete with my team and teammates at Gymnastics Regionals one last time. A lot of the girls on the team, we’ve been teammates for so many years, so it was really nice to do that one last time.”
Kimble will now be joining one of the newest sports in the college ranks, one that has been fought for over a nearly 10 year journey.
“I am excited for women’s sports across the national NCAA landscape and, more importantly, for our programs here,” said Adrian College Athletic Director Mike Duffy in an article on the Adrian College website. “This is a great opportunity for the national governing body in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA), too. A lot of hard work behind the scenes by several people and groups led us to this historic time for the sports of acrobatics and tumbling.”
Kimble will be joining a very deep and talented Bulldog team that continues to grow along with the sport itself. While at Adrian College Kimble will not only focus on competing for her team but will also focus on her studies as she plans to major in Business.
Congratulations to Coldwater’s Katie Kimble on her decision to further her academic and athletic career at Adrian College.
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Name- Katie Kimble
College- Adrian College
School – Coldwater High School
Major – Business
Favorite Food- My mom’s Homemade Mac and Cheese
Favorite Dessert – Creme Brûlée
Favorite Movie- Spiderman No Way Home
Favorite TV Show – The Office
Favorite Book- The Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
Hobbies- I like to hang out with my friends and I work too so I don’t have a lot of time off because I am also in three clubs, so just hanging out with my friends.