Chan returns to share with girls |

Chan returns to share with girls

Allison Chan has every right to be a little down in the dumps lately.

The 1999 graduate of Nevada Union and current University of California at Davis gymnast, who sustained a knee injury after leading her squad to a second place at the national championships last year, ruptured her Achilles tendon on her first day back a practice.

Although she’s out for the season, she was all smiles at the Rising Starz Gymnastics Academy Friday.

Chan was in the Grass Valley studio to lead the Friendship Club – an organization which counsels at-risk girls – through some of the basics.

At the end of the hour long class, the group of 11 girls, surrounded Chan, gave her a cheer and a big hug.

“I’m just touched that people would want me to talk to them. Just to know that I could be possibly helping any one of these girls means so much to me,” Chan said. “Being with these girls has helped me personally with my injury, because I feel I’m still a part of gymnastics. It will always be a part of my life. I will always be a gymnast. It was hard to realize that after my injuries. This is like therapy.”

Nikki, 12, had the most fun on the trampoline.

“It was really fun because we got to go really high. It was like were were flying,” she said.

Jesse, 12, chose the uneven bars.

“It was fun because you can do a lot of tricks,” she said.

Amanda Chavez, the Friendship Club’s director, gave the afternoon a thumbs up.

“The goal of all of our field trips is to gain exposure to as many different fitness activities as we can. It (was a success),” Chavez said.

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