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Tamyiah Paige, 2014 State Tumbling Champion Tamyiah Paige, 2014 State Tumbling Champion
PURVIS, Miss. - Two days a week you can find 10-year-old, Tamyiah Paige training at In'Finite ArtSports in Purvis.

Paige is a four year gymnast, or perhaps even longer if you ask her Mother...

"She was tumbling all over the house, so I figured instead of her doing it at the house it was time for us to get into something professional and recreational, so we took it to the gym and she's been here ever since," her Mother, Tamekia Keys said.

"It was really fun, and then they got me a trampoline that I love to do flips on, like tucks pikes and all that. Then I asked my mom if I could do gymnastics, and she was like 'sure'," Paige explained.

Paige is described as a standout by her coaches, and the reason In'Finite ArtSports started Rebounders, the state's only tumbling and trampoline team.

"Tamyiah was one of our very first tumbling and trampoline students, she actually started the pre-team. She was the only kid on the pre-team when we first started," In'Finite ArtSports owner, Candi Workman said.

In'Finite ArtSports in Purvis is the only facility in the state of Mississippi that offers tumbling and trampoline, and that's Tamyiah's specialty...so while she trains here, she's got to compete out of state.

"No other teams in the state compete the three events, trampoline, double mini trampoline and rod floor or tumbling," Workman said.

According to USA gymnastics Paige was good enough to make top 10 for level five, at the Elite Challenge in Spokane, Washington this month.

In her first time competing nationally paige finished ninth out of 43 gymnasts, she was the only athlete to place from Mississippi.

"She was like Momma, I'm going to make top 10 and I was like, as long as you set your mind to it you're going to do it. So we were looking at the scores and I'm like oh no we're getting close to the bottom but after the end of the day and the numbers came up we made the top 10 and that was the only thing we'd asked for so she accomplished her goal," Keys said.

Paige has six years until she's eligible to tryout for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, until then she plans to "stick" to her goals to one day be like her role model, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas.

"She's an Olympic gymnast, she gets gold medals. She's an Olympic gold medal gymnast and she started the same way I did," Paige said.
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