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Blake Mattan brings wealth of experience to Elite Gymnastics

Updated: April 29, 2013 12:20PM



Indiana Elite Gymnastics & Cheer recently welcomed multi-level champion and Portage High School program director Blake Mattan to its coaching staff.

Mattan is currently coaching the all-star Angels senior Level 4 team at the Elite studio at 679 W. SR 130 in Hobart.

He arrives with a tremendous amount of experience. Mattan began his cheerleading career in high school. Earning a varsity cheerleading scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, Mattan was on the national team and was the only freshman in Elite Stunt. He is currently the program director for the cheer program at Portage.

Mattan, who grew up wrestling and playing football, credits cheer for some of his success in other sports.

“I became a better wrestler because of cheerleading, and I became a better cheerleader because of wrestling. I had the work ethic of a wrestler and the balance of a tumbler,” Mattan said.

The Angels at Elite will add a Level 5 team this year. To celebrate the expansion, the studio will offer a senior 5 skills clinic on from 7-9 p.m. and on April 6 and from 9-11 a.m. on April 7. The fee is $10 per athlete.

For more information, call 764-1019 or e-mail IEG_ASA@aol.com.

Valpo Swim Club to conduct tryouts: The Valparaiso Swim Club is preparing to host tryouts for the upcoming spring and summer season, which runs from April 15 through August.

Kindergarten to eighth grade students, who can swim 25 yards freestyle, are invited to attend the evaluations on from 6-7:30 p.m. April 9 and 11 at the Valparaiso High School pool.

According to team officials, there are many different levels at which swimmers can participate in, from first-time team members to zone qualifiers. Practice frequency increases with higher level placement.

Fees vary by level and include: Lil Vikes, $185; Silver, $215; Gold, $260; Platinum/Plutonium, $275. New members must also pay a $34.50 USA/Indiana seasonal swimming fee.

Participants should bring a swimsuit, goggles and a towel.

For more information, visit valparaisoswimclub.com.

Softball pitching lessons available: Bases Loaded indoor practice and training facility (884 N. 100W, Valparaiso) will offer Perfect Pitch softball pitching lessons with Kassey Reynolds Jones.

On each of the four Sundays in April from 4 to 5 p.m., Reynolds Jones will instruct athletes of all ages and levels.

She was an all-state first-team member in 1991 and 92 and a North All-Star pitcher in 1992. She competed in Division I softball at Indiana University and was elected to the Indiana Hall of Fame in 1999.

The cost is $30 per session. E-mail coach Kassey at joneskassey@yahoo.com to register.

Bases Loaded is also available for team and individual practices and lessons. For more information, visit basesloadedllc.com.

Akido offering youth classes: Enrollment is open for upcoming youth and adult Aikido classes in April at the Shugyo Cultural Center (1579 E. 91st Drive, Merrillville.)

Aikido is a non-competitive Japanese martial art — there are no tournaments or competitions. It provides mental, spiritual, and physical benefits and can be very aerobic, according to center instructors.

No experience is required to participate.

For more information, call 736-7854, or e-mail info@shugyoculturalcenter.org.



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