At age 16, Gavin Robey is a more accomplished athlete than most will be in their entire lives.
Robey, who is going into sophomore year at Arapahoe High School, represented the four-state Rocky Mountain region at the Men's Junior Olympic National Championships in Nevada in early May.
The gymnast started out with beginners' classes in South Suburban Parks and Recreation at age 9 and joined a local team soon after.
The Centennial resident — who recently held a 4.0 grade-point average at school — competed at the National Championships for the second year in a row. He placed 47th out of 86 among 15-year-olds this year.
“It's extremely difficult to qualify to nationals” from this region of the country, said Kyle Turner, coach at 20 Mile Athletic Center in Parker, where Robey trains. “Gavin's perseverance and ability to hit routines in competition have been tremendous.”
Here is some perspective from Robey on his athletic journey and what's next.
My goal never started out as making nationals — mostly because I didn't even know what nationals was — but I did have goals to make college or above. I started to focus on nationals when I became a Level 9 (gymnast), two years ago.
I used to go to Active Athletics, but due to a change in coaching, I moved to 20 Mile since there is a limited selection of gyms with men's programs that support Level 9 and up. Training with experienced coaches, such as Kyle Turner, has helped me improve and be able to get to nationals.
My goals at the moment include getting to nationals again and competing at the college level.
I try to eat pretty healthy, especially during competition season. I also train 20 hours or more per week to maintain my strength and skills.
Gymnastics has taught me discipline in both the gym and in school.
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