USA Gymnastics has announced that the 2015 U.S. Women’s National Junior Olympic Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, May 15–16. The event will take place in Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center and is expected to attract nearly 500 gymnasts, including the country’s top Level 10 Junior Olympic gymnasts. In addition, the Junior Olympic National Invitational Tournament is scheduled for May 17 and has an expected field of nearly 200 gymnasts. This is the first time the event has been staged in the state of Iowa.

“The Junior Olympic National Championships is the pinnacle of the women’s Level 10 season,” said Luan Peszek, vice-president of women’s gymnastics for USA Gymnastics. “Competing in this event is the highlight of most of these gymnasts’ careers, and fans and spectators will be treated to some great gymnastics during the three days.”

The Des Moines Area Sports Commission and Chow’s Gymnastics & Dance Institute are the local organizations working with USA Gymnastics on staging the event.

“We are elated USA Gymnastics has selected Greater Des Moines as host of the Women’s National Junior Olympic Championships in 2015,” said Greg Edwards, president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Des Moines Area Sports Commission. “With strong community support and outstanding facilities, our vibrant city will offer memorable experiences for the gymnasts and their families, coaches and fans.”