A local man has been inducted into the World Acrobatics Hall Of Fame. Terry Wight was inducted this past weekend in Las Vegas.
Wight owns Wight Tumble Academy in Loves Park where he is also the head coach. His love of gymnastics began when he was a student competing at Rockford East High School in the early 1970s.
For the past 46 years he has been coaching local youngsters in tumbling, trampoline and mini trampoline. He has coached more than 50 national champions and several world champions. Wight was also the USA coach for the World Championships three times in the 1990s.
The World Acrobatics Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and coaches in several disciplines including gymnastics, tumbling, diving, cheerleading, extreme sports and acrobatics. One of the other inductees along with Wight last weekend was former Olympic gymnastics star Olga Korbut.
“I was in awe,” said Wight of his experience in Las Vegas. “A lot of us even some of the other folks that were inducted we all kind of had the same opinion. We thought you did stuff like this after you died. I was really in awe next to Olga Korbut because she was one of the stars in the ’72 and ’76 Olympics. I’ve never been that close to a star like that before.”
Wight says he has no plans to retire from coaching tumbling especially since he has several grandchildren who are involved in the sport. By the way one of the founders of the World Acrobatics Hall of Fame was former Rockford Guilford diving champion Rob Bollinger.