Stephenville resident, Isabella Pena, has struck gold. Again.
Pena, 8, won her third Junior Olympic gold medal, claiming the level 8 tumbling national championship in Long Beach, Calif. It was the seventh gold medal won by a member of the Texas Twisters.
Pena earned the right to move up to level 9 in tumbling after also claiming the level 8 state championship. She was seventh on trampoline at the Junior Olympics.
Madison Pearson placed eighth nationally in level 7 tumbling after winning silver in both tumbling and double-mini at state. She was also in the top 15 nationally in trampoline and double-mini.
Gaby Williams placed in the top 10 nationally in level 8 tumbling and double-mini and level 7 trampoline, while Gracey Brooks, who was in level 6 in all competitions, took seventh in tumbling and was in the top 10 in double-mini and trampoline.
Kristen Pettit and Kiersten Tye also qualified for the Junior Olympics but were unable to attend.
Texas Twisters Gym is operated by coach Lisa Plowey, with other coaches including Josh Chapman, Rachel Woodard, Tyler Nunlee and Chelsea Raymer.
"These coaches sincerely care about the kids and pushing them to their full potential," said Plowey, whose club has won its seven golds in just six trips to the Junior Olympics.
"It is unbelievable to watch how fast the kids progress and the skills they accomplish at such a young age," said Woodard. "We have so much to look forward to."
The Twisters are already training for next season.
"We have 22 kids on our new team," said Plowey. "It's the largest team we have ever had, and we are so excited to watch each of them progress through the season."
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