Parenting a Young Gymnast

Parenting an athlete is not always easy.  Fortunately, there are many tools and resources available to offer advice.  

Dr. Alison Arnold is a leading sports psychologist / “fear liberator”.  She works with USA Gymnastics, United States Figure Skating Association and many top level Universities and hospitals.  Below she shares her some of her key tips for parenting young gymnasts.

Kellogg’s Tour Stops – Ontario, Anaheim and Los Angeles


Katelyn show’s her stuff on the beam.

We got some exciting news today. PEG will have 3 athletes featured in various Kellogg’s Tour performances. These girls were chosen from their audition clips. You can view the clips by clicking on each girls name.

Bogdana – performing in Ontario, CA on Sept. 9
Caitlin – performing in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 15
Katelyn -performing in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 16

The girls will be performing throughout the entire show, doing gymnastics, dance and acting. In the words of USA Gymnastics, “This is an excellent opportunity for the gymnast who [is] selected to star in a large production in front of huge audiences and have the chance to shine alongside our Olympic Champions.”

Bog strikes a pose on the beam.

These girls are performing in addition to Anna, Amy, Sierra, Kyla, Maddie, Stephanie, Amanda and Betsy who will be participating in the opening and closing ceremonies at the Los Angeles, Staples Center show. These girls were selected in a raffle the gym held. PEG earned the spots based on ticket sales.

You can still purchase tickets! Contact KAITLIN NICKOLS – p. 213.742.7209 | f. 213.742.7280

Mention you are with Paramount Elite Gymnastics if you want to sit with the group.

Athlete Profile – Shayla


Shayla during her floor routine at the 2012 Lady Luck Competition

Every week we will be profiling one optional and one compulsory gymnasts from our team.

We are starting off with PEG’s most senior Athlete, Shayla.

Name: Shayla
Age: 16
Level: Second year level 10
Favorite Event: Beam
Favorite Leotard Brand: GK Sportswear
Favorite Gymnastics Memory: Competing at the  level 9 Western National Championships in 2011.
Short Term Goal: Make Junior Olympic Nationals
Long Term Goal: Get a college scholarship
Besides Gymnastics: I like to hang out with my family and go camping!

New from PEG

It’s time to expand our menu so to speak.

Every Friday night we will be offering Kids Nights!  These are a great way for your athlete to get extra time in the gym, while you have time to relax.  Drop your kid at the gym from 8:00 – 10:30.  We will provide food and drinks!

We are also now offering Birthday Parties!  Call the office for more details – 818-782-6108.

Bring on September

September represents the one year anniversary of our opening, and it is going to be a crazy month at Paramount Elite Gymnastics.

Everything kicks off with a bang on Sept.8 & 9 for the NAWGJ-SC’s Judges Cup. This Fiesta themed competition will the first held at PEG. There are over 300 athletes from 15 gyms participating over the weekend.  We can’t wait to get the season started!

US Olympic Training Center

The girls head to a morning workout at the National Team Training Center in Huntsville, TX.

That same weekend, Amari, Izzy and Caitlin will be heading to the National Team Training Cente/ US Olympic Training Center in Huntsville, TX.  The girls have been invited to participate in the Sept. Developmental Camp.  The ranch is always a cool experience – a bizarre mix of intense gymnastics and peacocks, camels and donkeys.  The girls are excited because they get to stay in the motels and not the cabins this trip.  Check back to hear their thoughts on the trip.

The following weekend is the Kellogg’s Tour.  PEG sold the most tickets of any club in SoCal.  As a result, Anna, Sierra, Betsy, Stephanie, Amy, Amanda, Maddie and Kyla get to participate IN the show. It will be such a cool experience.  On top of that Shayla, Elizabeth, Katie and Mary get to meet and greet the cast.  The girls are all super pumped to meet the fab five!  We will be blogging about the experience at the show, but you can check our Facebook for quick updates and pictures!

The next weekend we are heading to Coach Patty’s in Camarillo for her famous Out of This World Invite.  Everyone loves competitions at Coach Patty’s.  There’s great food for the coaches, great goody bags and awards for the kids, and a wine tasting shop right next door for the parents!

Finally, the last week of September is National TOPs testing.  While results are not out yet, we expect to be sending coaches and many athletes back to the National Team Training Center for the test.

Keep checking back for updates on all of these amazing experiences.