Scores Junior Athlete of Year

Year 10 student at Trinity Catholic College, Jose Caballero is a talented gymnast with aspirations to qualify for the Commonwealth and Olumpic Games

RISING young gymnastics star Jose Caballero was named Junior International Athlete of the Year in Men’s Gymnastics at the Gymnastics NSW Awards held earlier this month.

After winning the 2019 NSW State Championships, the 15-year-old placed second at the 2019 National Championships.
He also finished first on the pommel at three international events, and was recognised alongside 18-year-old gymnast, Jack Hall, for representing Australia overseas last year.
The awards night also saw an elated Kate Peninton take home her second Coach of the Year award in three years.
A gymnastics coach for more than 26 years, Peninton has been a Kindergym coach with the Sydney Olympic Park Gymnastics Club (SOPGC) for the past seven years.
“I love being a gymnastics coach, I love to see the children I teach grow and learn,” she said.
“I believe that gymnastics is the foundation of all sports. Students develop positive physical, social, psychological and cognitive skills through repeated fun and challenging circuits.
“Our lessons also prepare kids for life as we include themes such as road safety, social skills on manners and waiting in lines for their go. Our parents really love how we weave them into our physical training routines.”
SOPGC coordinator and head coach, Amber Gander praised her team and the athletes on their wins.
“It is our gymnasts, their families and our amazing staff that makes us such a formidable club,” she said.
Club members normally train at the Quaycentre but it is one of the activities temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak.