Bedford third-grader Nathan Gordon wins gymnastics medal in regionals

Bedford’s Nathan Gordon, a third-grader in Lisa Hussey’s class at Peter Woodbury School, recently competed in gymnastics at the N.H. Mens State Championship, held March 16, in Brentwood.

He qualified there and soon after medaled in the Mens Region 6 Championship, held from April 11-13 at Braintree High School in Braintree, Mass.

Region 6 is comprised of male gymnasts from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Nathan, age 8, a Level 5 competitor, placed second in the All-Around category at the state level, scoring a total of 61.8 points. He competed in six events – floor exercise, pommel horse, standing rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Six teams from New Hampshire competed. The gymnasts ranged in age from 6 to 18. Nathan, with one of the top placements, qualified for regionals.

The Region 6 Championship hosted a total of 40 teams from member states. Included were the top gymnasts from each of the states that are a part of Region 6.

Nathan took sixth-place All-Around with a total score of 62.2. He holds the highest All-Around score of any Level 5 gymnast who competed that day. There was a field of 48 contenders who took on challenges in various levels at the event.

The attainment of a lofty level in All-Around scoring, a compilation of an athlete’s performance scores in six events, is a challenging quest that requires a high level of discipline and dedication to hours of training.

Competitors are well recognized by all in the audience for their shows of sportsmanship, strength, flexibility, sense of timing, endurance and muscle power.

Nathan has trained at the New England Gymnastics Training Center since the age of 4. He continues other interests including playing piano. He takes piano lessons with Jeanne Martin, a Merrimack teacher with students in Merrimack and Bedford. Nathan will perform in a June recital. There, he will play “Hungarian Rhapsody” and “Eye of the Tiger.”

Martin, who has taught Nathan piano for more than a year, commented by phone to say Nathan always comes into her studio with a smile and some enthusiasm.

“He’s a pleasure to teach, although there is the occasional back flip in the waiting room,” Martin said. “Gymnastics is such a big part of him, it’s hard to resist a flip or two.”

Martin added that Nathan has an excellent memory and will show a high level of intensity when learning a new musical score on the piano.

“He is intense and he will work on it until he gets it,” Martin said. “It’s my guess that he applies the same concentration and determination to his gymnastics.”

For a complete roster of scores in the Region 6 Championship, visit www.region6mensgymnastics.com.