Local athletes chosen for national team

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A dream, a drive and determination are taking these athletes much farther than they ever imagined.

"They're going to represent the United States and Paris in the world event and it'll be in Sofia, Bulgaria," said coach Lisa Gandy.

11-year-old Rylee Chapman and 15-year-old Logan Gilbert were chosen as members of Team USA for the world tumbling and trampoline meet.

They are two of 32 athletes all over the country that made the cut.

"It's very exciting for us to be able to represent our country," said Gilbert.

And they're not alone, their coach, and owner of their gym, will be going to Bulgaria as more than a spectator this year.

"Lisa is one of the U.S. trampoline coaches, which is a new addition to our booklet of accomplishments so, we're pretty pleased with that," said coach -and husband to Lisa- Bill Gandy.

It's an accomplishment that caught the attention of other parents at the gym, who helped put on a parade to honor these national team members to let them know Paris is rooting for them.

Their spot on the national team didn't come easy.

"We have four to five hours a day of training so we come in and we're working hard," said Gilbert.

"It's the choice they made and they do have to sacrifice some things," said Lisa. "The beauty of this sport is that it's not so time consuming."

But a trip to worlds is more than just a meet.

"We try to see the historical facts that are there," said Bill. "Yea, we quiz them, so they're getting educated at the same time."

It's the chance to chase a dream.

"Oh, definitely gold, but I'll take what I can get," said Gilbert.