Gymnastics champion coaching his daughter in same Lubbock meet y

Gymnastics champion coaching his daughter in same Lubbock meet years later

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

32 years after winning the tumbling event at the Tri-State Gymnastics Championships, Chad Ganaway is back in the Civic Center as a coach for his daughter.

"That's kind of how I put two and two together. I started thinking maybe that meet was in the Civic Center and then I remembered seeing the Buddy Holly thing and sure enough it was," Ganaway said.

Ganaway is the Head Coach at Manning Gymnastics Centerplex and competed in tumbling for years.

"Not no where as near as good as my kids are now. I tried, I never really made it to a really high level," Ganaway said.

Now, his daughter, Caleigh, will be competing in Level 5 trampoline, double mini, and tumbling this weekend.

"She's super good. Her first day on a trampoline was eight days old and she's grown up in the gym and for her age, she's very technical on trampoline and is really good," Ganaway said, "That's her specialty, so she's way better than I ever thought about being."

This will be her first time ever competing in the tumbling event.

"We specialize in trampoline double mini at my gym and we do do tumbling, but we don't spend as much time and effort on it, so she has never competed tumbling before, until this weekend, so that's kind of interesting that I won tumbling the last time I competed here and this will be her first time ever competing tumbling," Ganaway said.

When it comes to competing, Coach Ganaway said he sees himself in his daughter.

"She's actually proven so far to be a really good competitor, kind of like she thrives in this atmosphere which I was always better under pressure, like if I knew there were people watching me, I played better than if not and she seems to really thrive under the pressure situation so far," Ganaway said.

Coach Ganaway said Caleigh doesn't receive any special treatment when he's coaching her.

"She basically falls in line with the rest of the team. She don't get treated any differently. She works just like everyone else. We hadn't got to the teenage years yet, so ask me in 6 or 7 years and may have a different answer," Ganaway said.

Now all they need is a win in the tumbling event to complete this full circle moment. 

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