Locally Trained Gymnast Accepts Full-Ride College Scholarship
Girl will continue gymnastics training at University
Kailey Hansen, of Ventura
signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend University
of Washington on a full athlete
scholarship for gymnastics. Hansen, who
trains at Wallers’ GymJam Academy
in Canyon Country, CA will begin her collegiate career in the fall of 2009.
Hansen is a Level 10 State Floor Champion and placed second
on floor at the 2008 Regional Championships.
She is trained by 1992 Olympian and 2004 Olympic Coach, Chris Waller,
2004 Olympic Silver medalist, Mohini Bhardwaj, and Bob Matthews.
Hansen is a senior at Foothill
Technology High School
in Ventura and commutes five days a
week from Ventura to Canyon Country
to train at Wallers’ GymJam Academy. She began gymnastics at four years old where
she went to a gym near her home in Ventura. According to her family, she eventually
progressed beyond what the gym locally could provide and switched gyms until
eventually arriving at GymJam where she was able to train to her potential.
“Kailey has worked extremely hard to make dramatic
improvement in a short period of time” said her coach, Chris Waller. “She competes with a poise and confidence
that distinguishes her as a truly artistic performer. Her teamwork and sincere smile will help
propel the Huskies to new successes in front of thousands of Washington
Hansen will study pre-med at UW.
Other seniors graduating from Wallers’ are Chloe Takayanagi
who will be a walk-on gymnast for UCLA, and Rebeca Poore who is still
considering options at various California schools and University of WA.