LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — This week, The Palms will host an aerobic gymnastics world championship, with the majority of athletes who will represent Team USA in this competition hailing from Las Vegas.

It was an exciting time inside the MacDonald Highlands Fitness Center as these aerobic gymnasts prepared for serious competition, the Elite Youth International Invitational Championship.

“We’re going to see New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Team USA go head-to-head,” Elite Youth founder Stephanie Furstahl said.

She brought the sport, which combines traditional aerobics with dynamic strength and flexibility, from Hungary to Henderson.

“I love what I do, it’s my passion and my purpose in life, to raise every child to their highest potential. It’s my honor and it’s a real blessing to me,” Furstahl said.

As a global sport, Elite Youth was the only team representing Team USA. The team was made up of athletes from Las Vegas, Arizona and Texas.

“It takes a lot of hard work, determination and commitment,” said Melody Wilham, a 14-year-old who has mastered the sport for six years. “I love it.”

Emily Slone, an 11-year-old from Arizona, loved the leadership aspect of the team.

When asked what she sees for the future, Slone replied that she hopes she and Elite Youth make it to the Olympics.

“We use the NLP technique, through the conscious and unconscious mind, also improving physical and mental health, creating leaders instead of followers,” Furstahl added.

Leaders going for gold this week!

Elite Youth is always looking for additional sponsors to help elevate these athletes to the next level. You can find them on their website.