Inklings News

YMCA embarks on gymnastics and Camp Mahackeno renovations

Changes to Camp Mahackeno include the construction of a new pool, swim pad, and pool house

Lia Chen '20, Associate Managing Editor

September 21, 2019

The Westport Weston Family YMCA began a two-story, 22,000 square foot building addition and numerous campus renovations early September 2019. The construction is expected to cost around $25 million.  According to, the changes aim to reinstate the gymnastics program from the Norwalk c...

Larry Nassar trials sends shockwaves to Staples

Picture from Paul Sancya/Associated Press

March 26, 2018

By Abigail Fleming '20 On June 30, 2017 Westport’s YMCA showtime gymnastics team qualified for a showcase in Austria under the delegation of USA Gymnastics (USAG). Five months later this news began to mean something different. USA Gymnastics is a world renowned organization, but also the organization...

Countless victims of sexual abuse confront their perpetrator: Larry Nassar

Countless victims of sexual abuse confront their perpetrator: Larry Nassar

January 19, 2018

By Ava Simunovic '20 Sexual abuse victims faced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar at his sentencing on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Nassar pleaded guilty in November on the account of ten first degree sexual misconduct cases with victims as young as six years old. In a Michigan Courtroom nearly 100 victims s...

Kelly Griffin flips her way to Junior Olympic Nationals

Kelly Griffin flips her way to Junior Olympic Nationals

June 14, 2017

By Erin Lynch '18 and Camryn Ragland  '18               Kelly Griffin ’20 entered the tension filled gym, packed with parents, spectators and college coaches, for the 2017 Junior Olympic Nationals. Griffin prepared herself for a full day of competition on four events: vault, beam, floor and b...

Westport Y Gymnasts to showcase in Finland

Westport Y Gymnasts to showcase in Finland

Aileen Coyne, Staff Writer

June 2, 2015

In mid July, the Westport YMCA Exhibition Gymnastics team will pack up their leotards and hop on a plane to Finland for the World Gymnaestrada. The World Gymnaestrada is run by the International Federation of Gymnastics and is the largest gymnastic event in the world, held for eight days every four ...

Keeton Leaps for Success at States

Thomas Nealon, Staff Writer

April 29, 2015

According to USA Gymnastics, there are more than 100,000 youth gymnasts that compete each year. Approximately 7,000 are male gymnasts. One of these gymnasts is Geoff Keeton ’18, a freshman here at Staples. Geoff recently competed at the Level 8 state championship (levels range from 1-10) and placed fourth place on the still rings. Th...

Westport/Weston YMCA gymnastics dance the night away

Westport/Weston YMCA gymnastics dance the night away

Blake Rubin, Web A&E Editor

December 18, 2014

On December 15, the Westport/Weston YMCA gymnastics held their annual holiday show filled with jingling bells, vibrant colored glow sticks, and sparkly leotards. Families crowded around the gymnast mats, cameras in hand, preparing to capture this holiday spirit. The crowd sat in anticipation as the gy...

New YMCA lacks gymnastics

Until the Westport Weston family Y undergoes phase two of their renovation, Westport gymnasts are forced to practice at the Norwalk Y.

Alexa Di Luca, Staff Writer

October 21, 2014

From Feb. 2013 to Aug. 2014, the Westport Weston family YMCA has undergone huge changes in phase one of its’ renovation. The $38.5 million new facility includes a pool, a wellness center, a cafe, a gymnasium, child watch, and incorporates 100 exercise classes per week. Despite the vast amount of improvem...

So long Main Street, welcome Mahackeno

The new, and greatly improved wellness center.

Caroline O'Kane, Photo Editor

October 12, 2014

The day has finally come to say goodbye to what some call their home away from home on the Post Road in Westport and meet their new home off of exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway. Some expressed excitement, others sadness, and many have bittersweet feelings. Ninety years ago Westport introduced the YMCA,...

Anna Violette swings to success

Anna Violette swings to success

Larissa Lieberson, Social Media Director

June 20, 2014

She’s more than your typical gymnast. Yes, she’s only two levels away from being elite, but her talents include more than just roundoffs, layouts and uprises. Anna Violette ’14 can, and definitely has, done it all. She was the captain of the girls’ gymnastics team, a member of the...

Gymnast Pamela Onorato, from tearing an ACL to tackling Nationals

“Pam's bar routine was particularly exciting, as she maxed out each handstand, flirting with the edge of finding herself on the wrong side of the bar!” Coach Laurie DeFrancesco from Arena Gymnastics, said.

Kacey Hertan, Business Manager

May 19, 2014

A year after tearing her ACL dismounting from beam, gymnast Pam Onorato ’15 is more than recovered. Onorato recently qualified for and attended the Level 9 Eastern National Championships for gymnastics earlier this month. “The mental stamina it takes to stay focused on your goals during the mont...

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