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Published 02.15.19

60-YEAR-OLD GYMNAST TO COMPETE

IN THE SALINA FAMILY YMCA’S  9TH ANNUAL TUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

On March 2, 2019, Sherrie Martin, a 60-year-old gymnast from Spokane, Washington, is set to compete in our Ladies Division during our 9th Annual Tumble in the Jungle March 1-3.  Sherri will compete Saturday at 8:00 in the morning. The event will take place at Kansas Wesleyan University 100 East Claflin Avenue, Salina, Kansas.

Her competitive gymnastics covers fifty years, with a 35-year break in the middle.  Her early gymnastics career was brief, spanning five short years in the early 1970s.  But her longing for gymnastics never eased and at the age of fifty-one Sherrie started up private gymnastics’ lessons at a gym in her home town of Spokane, Washington, her only goal was to learn a kip.  Today, nine years later, she competes excel gold and recently scored a 9.25 on bars in Las Vegas.  She never vaulted in the 70s, being frightened of going over the horse.  Yet, at the age of 58, she competes for a handspring vault at meets using the springboard. 

In her “real life,” Sherrie is a practicing Realtor, a physical comedian, a grandma, a gymnast, and a circus gym owner.  She performs her own one-woman physical theater comedy shows around the country.  Her first “I Will Sell This House Today,” is a one-hour show about a Realtor who tries to sell a house on stage.  Currently performing her second show, “F’lympics,” is about a sixty-year-old lady who tries for the 11th time to get into the 2020 Olympics.  True to her love, Sherrie performs acrobatics and tumbling in each show, usually in the final scene.

"At the age of 12, while sitting in my first ever health education class, I decided all I ever wanted to be was healthy.  Finishing college with a degree in Health Education, I began my life-long quest of health, fitness and (surprisingly) performance." Says Martin.

Back in middle school, Sherrie was unstoppable often watching gymnastics on TV and bringing ideas of daring moves to try with her PE teacher and school custodian spotting.  At 60, it’s much of the same except in a body that is 48 years older.  And she doesn’t use a custodian for a spotter.  Sherrie has an amazing coach and works 3 or 4 times a week on her skills and strength for gymnastics.

Sherrie appeals to people her own age as they love watching “one of their own” doing amazing things and it is motivating.  For the younger set, wonder and amazement make even the youngest youth want to grow old and be like Sherrie. 

With her life’s work seemingly unrelated, she shares her entire self with others as a business owner, gymnast, Realtor and comedic actor. 
It genuinely has taken a lifetime of work to become Sherrie and if you think about it,
without all these ingredients she would have less to give.