Ruben, 11, is a fifth-grader at Iron House Elementary looking forward to his third stint with JumpStart. Analiese, 10, and Alyssa, 9, are from Four Stars Gymnastics in Antioch.
Padilla practices at Springtime Tumbling and Trampoline in Livermore.
“He is an amazingly talented athlete who works hard to learn more about the sport,” wrote coach Jill Wilson in a press release. “And he has always been supported by his loving family.”
Analiese and Alyssa are coached by Yoshi Nakayama, Monique Williams-Duenas, Mindi Wade and Martha Hayakawa.
“They are both incredible athletes,” Nakayama wrote in a press release. “They are hard working and very focused every minute of their workout. They follow instructions well and persevere all challenges. Their parents are very dedicated to the sport and bring their children to the gym every day. I think it’s a great gift to them that they both are being recognized as one of the top athletes for their age groups in the country.”
JumpStart testing took place throughout the summer. Of the approximately 9,000 trampoline and tumbling athletes currently competing in the United States, about 100 were invited to JumpStart National Testing.
National testing was held in late January at the U.S. Olympic National Team Training Center, where 10 athletes in men’s trampoline, 23 in women’s trampoline, 10 in men’s tumbling and 23 in women’s tumbling were selected to the JumpStart National Team.
– Contributed by Nelia Padilla and Yoshi Nakayama