Bay Area Competitive Gymnasts Qualify to JO Nationals and Western Nationals

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Six of Head Over Heels Athletic Arts’ athletes have qualified to JO National and Western National Championships.

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts Athletes Going To National Championships

“The commitment these young ladies have made to our sport is impressive,” says HOH head coach Mikaela Glass. “To reach this level of achievement, they give up much of the social aspect of their teen years to train."

Head Over Heels Athletic Arts (HOH) is pleased to announce that six of their athletes have qualified to JO National and Western National Championships. Western National Championships will take place April 28-30, 2017 in Boise, ID and the Junior Olympic National Championships will take place May 6-7, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN.

Casey Brown, Sumi Cameron, Nina Schank, Kaya Allison, Alessandra, and Claire Dean are Level 9 and 10 gymnasts, the highest levels in the Junior Olympic Program. These young athletes train between 20 and 35 hours per week. “The commitment these young ladies have made to our sport is impressive,” says HOH head coach Mikaela Glass. “To reach this level of achievement, they give up much of the social aspect of their teen years to train. These ladies are so amazing and focused. It is a pleasure to be able to train them.”

The Junior Olympic National Championships is the culmination event for the competitive season. The competition features twelve age divisions (Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, Junior D, Junior E, Junior F, Senior A, Senior B, Senior C and Senior D, Senior E, Senior F), which are determined by birth date. These gymnasts are vying to become Junior Olympic national champions in the all-around, as well as in all four events: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

USA Gymnastics has eight regions and the top seven gymnasts in each age division from each region’s Regional Championships advance to nationals. The winning Regions will also be determined at the conclusion of the competition. The top four all-around athletes in each of the twelve age divisions also qualify to the 2017 Junior Olympic National Team and are invited to attend a National Training Camp at the USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center at the Karolyi Ranch, a U.S. Olympic Training Site, in Huntsville, Texas.

The U.S. Junior Olympic National Championships is one of the national championships of USA Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. Many Junior Olympic champions have gone on to make the U.S. National Team and represent the United States in international competition and/or to compete in collegiate gymnastics. Many of the country’s top gymnasts are former participants in the Junior Olympic program, including 2012 Olympic team champions Jordyn Wieber and Kyla Ross, 2009 World vault champion Kayla Williams, 2008 Olympic team silver-medalists Shawn Johnson and Samantha Peszek, and 2004 Olympic team silver-medalist Courtney McCool, to name a few.

About the company:
Head Over Heels Athletic Arts has been providing a positive athletic experience for children of the San Francisco Bay Area for 40 years. Its 22,000+ square-foot main facility and 7,000 sq. ft. preschool facility in Emeryville, Calif. makes them one of the largest non-profit athletic arts facilities in California. Head Over Heels Athletic Arts instills a lifelong love of being physically active through various gymnastics classes, including recreational gymnastics, gymnastics for special needs children, and competitive gymnastics as well as dance. Head Over Heels has been offering kids gymnastics programs to keep youngsters physically active since 1977.

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