Ewa Beach El­e­men­tary gym­nast takes top hon­ors in com­pe­ti­tion

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Aiea’s Rainbow Gym­nas­tics Academy, es­tab­lished in 1985, hosted the 2014 USA Gym­nas­tics Hawaii Women’s Ju­nior Olympic State Cham­pi­onships for gym­nasts in Lev­els 3 to 5 Nov. 22-23 at Hanalani Schools’ stu­dent ser­vices cen­ter.

A to­tal of 150 fe­male ath­letes (ages 6 to 16) par­tic­i­pated, and 30 of them hail from Rainbow Gym­nas­tics Academy.

“Fin­ish­ing the sea­son with a com­plete all-around per­for­mance is the per­sonal goal of all the ath­letes,” stated Rainbow Gym­nas­tics Academy owner Cora Fon­seca.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s eight­mem­ber Level 4 team stole the show with three mem­bers earn­ing gold, sil­ver and bronze hon­ors for their work on the vault, un­even bars, bal­ance beam

“Fin­ish­ing the sea­son with a com­plete all-around per­for­mance is the per­sonal goal of all the ath­letes.”

and floor ex­er­cise.

One spe­cific gym­nast stands out with an over­all score of 36.37 in the Child C age di­vi­sion.

Ewa Beach El­e­men­tary fourth-grade stu­dent Kiani Panoke took home top hon­ors in vault, bal­ance beam and floor ex­er­cise. Ac­cord­ing to Fon­seca, Panoke is an ex­cel­lent role model for her team­mates and en­cour­ages them to strive for per­fec­tion in their sport.

In to­tal, Rainbow Gym­nas­tics Academy ath­letes took home nine gold, seven sil­ver and five bronze medals.

“Re­flect­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ence of state cham­pi­ons, Hawaii’s gym­nas­tics will look for­ward to the fu­ture of the ath­letes and the suc­cess of their fu­ture in a sport that in­still al­laround re­wards in fit­ness, skill, ath­leti­cism, time man­age­ment and con­fi­dence,” added Fon­seca.

Rainbow Gym­nas­tics Academy is lo­cated at 98023 Hekaha St., #7.

Ewa Beach El­e­men­tary stu­dent Kiani Panoke took home top hon­ors in mul­ti­ple events and fin­ished with an over­all score of 36.37 in the Child C age di­vi­sion at 2014 USA Gym­nas­tics Hawaii Women’s Ju­nior Olympic State Cham­pi­onships. Photo cour­tesy Rainbow Gym­nas­tics Academy.

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