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Begonia by the Beach
As summer wraps up, Compulsory Season gets underway. This year, we will once again be hosting one of the largest compulsory meets in Northern California. Begonia by the Beach will be taking place September 15-17th at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Downtown Santa Cruz. Come support our local Santa Cruz Gymnastics gymnasts! The Level 3s compete at 5pm, Friday. Our Level 5s compete at 2:30pm, Sunday and our Level 4 Team competes at 5:30pm on Sunday. Parents, make sure you have scheduled a time to volunteer. This meet is our biggest fundraiser of the year and helps support our team program. Good luck to all the gymnasts competing this year!
USAG Congress
This year, we sent six coaches to USA Gymnastics National Congress in Anaheim, California. Congress is an opportunity for coaches to listen to different lectures and watch demonstrations given by Elite Coaches and National Team Staff. There are three days full of classes on technique, training, child development, nutrition and sports psychology from preschool level all the way to elite level gymnastics. National Congress was held in conjuction with National Championships and it was fun to see all the past, and future, Olympians up close.
Anne with Laurie Hernandez
Be sure to follow our new Instagram site at scgc_team! Watch as our team gymnasts show off new skills and prepare for competition. Tell your friends!

Instagram Video “Double-Time”

Our mental training word of the month is “grit.” The video below was made by Senior Elite, Leah Clapper, who took quite a tumble in Day One of National Championships, but finished strong and came back with a solid beam routine on Day Two. She’s a perfect example of not giving up. Not only a great gymnast, but a great artist, Leah Clapper made this video for Allison Arnold, the USAG team psychologist.

Lessons From Doc Arnold by Leah Clapper

Team Staff
Our team staff is made up of a wide range of experienced coaches as well as veteran SCGC gymnasts. As we start Fall Season, I want to welcome new coaches, Colleen Ryan and Jaime Yamashita as well as welcome back coaches who have recently rejoined our team and show appreciation for other long time coaches. We will be sad to say goodbye to Coach Sarah as she starts a new chapter of her life at UC Riverside, but as you can see below, we have an incredibly talented staff working together to make sure your team gymnast has a positive, successful competition experience!
Sarah Brumblay: Sarah was a State Champion Santa Cruz Gymnastics gymnast who retired in 2010, but luckily came back a few years ago to help coach. She has been coaching the Level 2s, 3s and helping out with all the levels and different aspects of the team program! Sarah will be attending UC Riverside this Fall.
Adriana Eskelsen: “AD” is another “homegrown” SCGC coach. A graduate of UCSC and a newly licensed nurse, she is preparing for her wedding this September. AD has been coaching for the past ten years and has had many State Champion gymnasts. You’ll usually see her on bars, her favorite event.
Chris Gonzalez: Chris has been coaching at SCGC for 12 years as well as having been a gymnast at Santa Cruz Gymnastics. Prior to coaching here she coached at Jeanne’s Gymnastics in Felton for 17 years. As well as coaching team, you can see her working with our babies and developmental girls. Chris has a teenage daughter, Lily, who you may also see helping out in the gym and working camps!
Ben Jansen: Ben has recently rejoined us. He began here almost ten years ago helping spot the optionals, particularly on bars. He went on to coach at a club in Hawaii for a couple years and then settled back here and started a family. Ben has two young daughters who are both part of our preschool program.
Ari Kessler: Ari recently retired from competition and has been so helpful to come back and help coach! Having two younger sisters, she is great with kids and has been helping in our developmental and beginning competition levels.
Mara Milam: A Level 10 gymnast at All-Olympia Gymnastics Center in Southern California, Mara moved to Santa Cruz to attend UCSC. She has a degree in Political Science as well as a minor in Art. She works full time in Marketing for a company in Santa Cruz. Mara has an extensive dance background, dancing at UCSC and at Motion Pacific. You can see her helping the optionals with Beam, Floor, Dance and Choreography.
Nikki Roberson: Nikki was a team gymnast at SCGC for many years. She was on our first XCEL team as a gymnast and is currently in charge of our XCEL program. Nikki has been coaching with us for the past six years. She attends Cabrillo where she is studying Kinesiology and is taking prerequisites for the Nursing Program.
Colleen Ryan: Welcome Colleen! Colleen has been coaching gymnastics at the highest level for the past 20 years. She has coached numerous State, Regional and National Champions as well as National TOPS team members and current NCAA gymnasts. She was been the Southern California TOPS coordinator qualifying 100% of her TOPS athletes to National Testing for 7 consecutive years. Colleen qualified an athlete to the World Age Division Tumbling & Trampoline Championships in 2009 in Russia where she won two silver medals. Previously, she has coached at West Coast Elite in Southern California and Brestyan’s, Aly Raisman’s gym, in Boston. Recently, she has been asked to be a consultant for the Japanese Women’s National Team. Colleen has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Boston College. She lives on a ranch in Santa Cruz with her husband, where they own and train horses for Equestrian Events.
Anne Wheaton: Anne has coached at Santa Cruz Gymnastics for close to 20 years, the last five as Team Director. She has coached from Preschool to Level 10 team gymnasts at State and Regional Competitions. A club gymnast in Atlanta, Anne moved to California to compete at San Jose State. She has a degree in Advertising and has done design work for local companies as well as having designed our team logo! She has two children, Mateo, 8, and Savannah, 6.
Logan Williams: Logan was a Level 10 gymnast at Redwood Empire in Northern California. A Level 9 Regionals and Westerns Vault Champion, Logan’s favorite event is Bars. Logan moved to Santa Cruz to attend Cabrillo and is currently studying Biology and is in the lottery for their Radiology Program.
Jamie Yamashita: Welcome Jamie! Our newest hire, Jamie was a Level 10 gymnast at SCEGA in Southern California where she was Level 10 Beam State Champion. She went on to compete in the NCAA at UC Davis. Jamie has a degree in Animal Biology and moved to Santa Cruz to intern at Long Marine Lab. Currently working at the Monterey Aquarium and at Long Marine Lab, Jamie has found the time to help us out in the gym. She is currently working with the XCEL program.

Anne Wheaton, Girls Team Director

This May, the Booster Club hosted our Annual Team Banquet at the Back Nine in Pasatiempo. This is a special day where we get to celebrate all the hard work, success and gains our gymnasts have made this year. It’s also a chance for the gymnasts to dress up and come together with their families. Thank you to all the parents who worked so hard to make it all come together.

This year, we got to congratulate two of our Seniors, gymnast Jasmine Casey and coach, Sarah Brumblay. They have been part of our gymnastics family for a very long time and it was a bittersweet celebration. Jasmine will be starting at Cal Berkeley this winter and Sarah will be at UC Riverside this fall. We are very proud of them both!

Danielle Cabral Recipient, Emma Bargetto, with Senior, Jasmine Casey
Each year the coaches nominate gymnasts they feel are deserving of extra recognition and one of those nominees is chosen by owner, Jim Kinney to receive the Danielle Cabral Award. The names of recipients are on a plaque next to the front door in the lobby. This year’s Daniel Cabral Award winner is Emma Bargetto. Emma has been in the gym almost as long as she has been walking and we can’t imagine SCGC without her. Not only was she XCEL Platinum Regional Champion, but she also choreographs all the XCEL floor routines and is a Rec coach. Emma is a pleasure to coach… a hard worker and a role model for the younger gymnasts.
This past weekend, we had 23 team gymnasts participate in the Region 1 Camp in Dublin, CA. This is a special opportunity for the girls to work with different coaches from around Region 1 and to meet gymnasts from other gyms.
Optionals From Around Region 1 Gather For a Picture at Camp

Compulsories Show Off Their Moves

Our Annual home meet, The Begonia Gymfest, will once again be held at the Kaiser Permanente Arena downtown. This year’s competition will be September 15-17th. Mark your calendars!