MOULTRIE — The Moultrie YMCA will begin its gymnastics class program next week and will promote it when University of Georgia gymnast Katie Heenan speaks at the Y from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday.

“This is our kickoff for the community and a chance to see a top-notch star,” said YMCA gymnastics coach Pat Murphy-Meier.

Gymnasts and members of the parents club are selling tickets to the event. Tickets are $5.

In May, Heenan, received the 2008 Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top collegiate female gymnast.

The honor is based on the result of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA members schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Award program.

Courtney Kupets, Heenan’s Georgia teammate, won the Honda Sports Award lat year.

Heenan led her team to its fourth straight national championship this year, finishing second in the uneven bars competition in the NCAA individual event finals.

She earned First-team All-America honors in the all-around with a third-place finish. In addition, she earned recognition on vault, bars and beam. She won both the Northeast Regional bars and beam titles, tying her career-high of 9.950 in both categories.

She was also this year’s SEC vault champion and finished second in the all-around.

She was unable to compete in the all-around this year in Georgia’s first eight meets due to injury, but went on to win her first three attempts, including a career-best 39.775 in her final regular-season meet at home.

She hit all but one of her 50 competitive routines in 2008. She is also the all-time career-scoring leader for Georgia.

Heenan was named SEC Gymnast of The Year in 2007 and also tied for first in the all-around with Kupets at the SEC Championships.

She also won the 2005 SEC all-around title as a freshman, making her the second Georgia gymnast with two SEC all-around titles.

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