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Documentary highlights Blue Mound gymnastic success, community loss | Local

The film was shown at Meridian High School as part of the Blue Mound Fall Festival on Saturday. Before the film, Toby Towson, a professional dancer and a featured member of the film, performed a dance. Then, Sheriff introduced the film to a group of about 100 former teammates and community members by saying he began the project because he needed to finally deal with his loss, he said. 


Hali Sheriff performs on uneven parallel bars.

The movie was his answer to his inner question of what to do, “when burying the past isn’t easy anymore,” he said. 

Sheriff’s sister, Hali, was a talented gymnasts in the 1960s, who by many accounts was the best gymnast in the world. Hali, Sheriff and other children practiced and competed at a club run by their parents in Blue Mound, called the Blue Mound Gymnastics Club.

The team went on to fame and success and, as was said in the film, “put Blue Mound on the map.”


Former Mound Gym Club member, gymnast and dancer Toby Towson…

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