Pantheon Gymnastics’ Allena Shimabukuro will represent Hawaii at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Western National competition, scheduled Friday through Sunday in Sacramento, Calif.
Shimabukuro, 16, a level 9 gymnast, qualified in the Senior B age group at a recent regional championship meet in Shoreline, Wash., just north of Seattle. Athletes participating in the Region 2 championships were from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The meet hosted hundreds of gymnasts at Level 8, 9, and 10 registered with USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of gymnastics in the U.S.
Shimabukuro, a Waiakea High School sophomore, has been an athlete at Pantheon School of Gymnastics since she was 4 years old and along with her teammates, has had an excellent 2013 season. At the state championship meet in March on Oahu, she placed first on balance beam and qualified to the regional meet.
According to Pattie Walkabout of Pantheon Gymnastics, Shimabukuro and her teammates enjoyed highly successful 2013 seasons.
Keani Saito, a level 8, took first place on the balance beam, floor exercise, and in the all-around in her age group at the state meet. Her placement at the state meet also qualified her to the regional meet where she tied for second on the uneven bars with a score of 9.475.
Level 7 Cristina Gervais placed first on uneven bars at the state meet which was the culminating meet of her season.
Walkabout said Shimabukuro practices five days a week for three to four hours per day to compete as a Level 9 gymnast.
“She has worked her way up through the USA Gymnastics competitive program at Pantheon School of Gymnastics, starting out as a competitor at Level 4 in 2005,” Walkabout said.
Shimabukuro’s goal is to join her teammate Shannon Carvalho (Level 10) and be a Level 10 gymnast next season, which is the highest level in the Junior Olympic program with USA Gymnastics.
For more information on the local program, contact Pantheon Gymnastics at 961-2502.