Future Stars Gymnastics team of Hamilton producing outstanding results this season

Emma Faith (left)displays her medal while accompanied by Future Stars coach Tatiana Godenko at the Parkettes meet in Allentown.

Feb. 10: The Future Stars Gymnastics team of Hamilton has produced some outstanding team and individual efforts beginning competition in the fall.

The Future Stars train at Future Stars Gymnastics Academy on Tennis Court and are coached by Tatiana Godenko, a former Soviet National Team competitor in 1980s, who has over 30 years of coaching experience, and holds master’s degree in Sports/Gymnastics/Physical education.

Highlights from the various meets are as follows

Xcel Diamond

Lauren Eng (17 years old) won the floor (9.25) and vault (9.15) at the Parkettes Meet in Allentown. Earlier this season, Eng took a gold in the floor (9.20) at the John Pancott Memorial. She earned a second in bars and grabbed the silver in All-Around (34.00). The Xcel’s state championship will be held in April.

Level 4

Emma Faith (9) won All-Around (37.075) at the Parkettes, earning gold medals on the beam (9.675) and floor (9.50) while taking fourth on vault (9.15). In her first meet this year, Faith earned a gold on beam (9.60) and tied for first on vault (9.275). In the qualifying meet for the state championship, Faith took silver on the beam (9.30) and bronze on floor (9.05). Emma has qualified for the state championship on Feb. 22-24.

Level 2

Charlotte Chen (7) competed at the Winter Classic, and in her second meet ever as a gymnast, tied for the gold medal on balance beam (9.00) with teammate Sonal Sharma (8); and Chen also won the all-around meet.  Sharma took silver medals on vault (9.20) and in all-around. Lisa Goliyad (8) won vault (9.35).

Future Stars Level 2 gymnasts (from left) Charlotte Chen, Lisa Lisa Goliyad and Sonal Sharma have all put forth outstanding efforts this season.

At the Jan. 12 qualifying meet for the Level 2 state championship, Goliyad took gold on vault (9.25) and Sharma took fourth (9.25). Chen gained silver on floor (9.25). The trio qualified to compete the Level 2 state championship, which was held Feb. 10.

Level 8 Men’s

Vlad Marchenko (13) earned a silver medal on parallel bars and fourth on the high bar at the Nov. 30 New York Invitational. On Feb. 7 he earned a bronze in all-around and silver on high bar at the Feb. 2 Brian Babcock Memorial Meet at Parkettes.  

Future Stars Academy is dedicated to providing a rewarding, unique, memorable, beneficial experience for all the kids and girls of all ages through progressive skill learning, making it more fun to learn gymnastics.

“Our individualized training approach differentiates us from other schools and provides gymnasts the quality training they need to succeed,” Godenko said. “It has been proven through the years.”

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.