Archive for the ‘Gymnastics’ Category

An Olympian visits Fayetteville

July 11, 2009

Had a chance to visit Countryside Gymnastics this morning, where Raj Bhavsar, a member of the bronze medal winning 2008 U.S. Men’s Gymnastics team, was helping local gymnasts hone their skills.

I’ve met a few celebrities, and a lot of them come off aloof and cold. Raj was a great interview, and he seems like a good guy as well.

I’m writing a story early next week, but until then, how about some multimedia:

Here’s the full interview with Bhavsar, here’s an interview with the head coach at Countryside, Frank Toledo and, finally, a bit of youtube magic:

Countryside boys’ team completes unbeaten season

March 12, 2009

Countryside Gymnastics boys’ team

Got a phone call from Marilyn Hester over at Countryside Gymnastics the other day. Her Level 4 boys’ team went through its recent season undefeated, including a first-place finish at a recent state meet.

Jean-Pierre DeDeaux, Allen Collier, Michael Norton, Joel McCoy, Daniel Joel Andrews, William Stevenson, Alexander Huguley and Joshua Smothers were singled out for their impressive performances.

“These young men really outdid themselves this season. They pulled together as a team, strove for first place and didn’t let anything or anyone stop them.” their head coach, Frank Toledo, said.

She sent along a press release, which you can see here.

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