2019 PEAK Clinicians (More coming soon: Alex Bubnov, Courtney Turpack, Nick Bockelman, Vern Vargas)
Vanessa Atler is a retired American elite gymnast. She was the 1996 junior national champion on floor and in the all-around, a five-time senior national champion, the 1998 Goodwill Games gold medalist on the floor exercise and vault and a five-time World Cup champion. A member of the U.S. national gymnastics team from the age of 12, Atler was one of the United States’ most successful gymnasts as a junior in the late 1990′s. She also competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials placing 6th overall.
CCG’s New Boys Program Director – is a Canadian gymnast, who has competed at two Summer Olympics (2008 & 2012) and has won medals at Commonwealth level. He competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, finishing in 17th place in the men’s all-round, the second best performance ever by a Canadian gymnast. Canada’s only male gymnast to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gafuik’s preparation for the Games was hampered by a thumb injury, severe enough to require surgery. He was part of the Canadian team that took bronze in the men’s team event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with Zachary Clay, Anderson Loran, Kevin Lytwyn and Scott Morgan.
Vernon Leopold Vargas II
Owner / Head Coach
It is a privilege to witness the sense of accomplishment children have when learning skills, the joy kids have when entering the gym, as well as the pride parents have in their children’s success. Personally, there is no greater joy than watching children develop physically and mentally while having fun and staying active. My passion for the sport began when I was 6 years old. . After 11 years of competitive gymnastics, however, I made the natural transition to coaching. I have been a gymnastics instructor for over 27 years. Many athletes have won medals and national titles while under my instruction.
I have a passion for teaching children of all ages and abilities, spending numerous years in daycares and schools teaching gymnastics/dance. I am certified as a preschool coach. I currently work at Circle of Friends Preschool as a gymnastics movement and cheer coach. Not only am I a USA Gymnastics Certified Member in five disciplines; Artistic Boys & Artistic Girls Gymnastics, Sports Acrobatics, Tumbling & Trampoline, and All-Star Cheerleading, I have Level 1 certification in gymnastics and trampoline. I developed the All-Star Cheer and Tumbling &Trampoline programs at other gymnastic facilities. I also have Level B certification in emergency first aid and CPR. In addition to my work in the gym, I hold an Associates of Arts degree in dance movement from UC Irvine. I am the current Northern California State Chair.
Mig has been coaching J.O. (Junior Olympics) and Elite level Artistic gymnastics for over 40 years. After ten years of competitive gymnastics, which included winning three Maryland State Championships as well as finishing in the top ten at the College Nationals, she went on to compete in both Sports Acrobatics and T&T (trampoline and tumbling). She and her partner won the bronze medal for Women’s Pairs at the 1978 US National Acrobatic Championships and became members of the National Team. The following year, she attended the World Age Group Championships in Honolulu where she placed sixth in Tumbling. For the next 15 years, she pursued a career in show business, performing as a dancer, singer, acrobat, and aerialist in theaters all over the United States, in the Caribbean, and on cruise ships. While performing as a lead dancer in the show “Splash” at the Reno Hilton, she met her husband-to-be and decided to make Reno her home. In the spring of 2005, she started her own business, Legacy T&T. She is proud to have 27 athletes (so far) win National Championship titles in T&T. She has taken several athletes to international competitions, including the World Age Group Championships, the Flower Cup, the Flanders Cup, the David Ward-Hunt Cup, the Loule Cup and the World Championships. She has been a member of the Olympic Development Program Committee, and served as the tumbling representative for the Junior Olympic Committee. She is also the Nevada State Director for T&T and is a rated judge in all three disciplines. She has consistently had athletes on the Jump Start National Team, ODP National Team, and both Junior and Senior US National Teams. While continuing to perform with the “Colin Ross Band,” teach dance, choreograph, and help produce special events, Mig hopes to enthusiastically promote the sport of TNT.
Sho Nakamori is a former member of the US National Team, having represented the US at numerous international events, including the World Championships and the Pan American Games. He was a captain for the NCAA Championship winning team at Stanford University, where he was also a 9-time All-American.
Sho currently stays involved with the sport of gymnastics as an internationally-rated judge with a brevet distinction. He is also a clinician, having presented on various technical topics at numerous international and domestic events such as the National Congress.
Casey started gymnastics at the age of 5 and went on to be a Class 1/Level 10 Artistic gymnast. He also was a Senior Elite gymnast in Trampoline and Tumbling traveling the world for the Team USA. Casey was a Trampoline and Tumbling USA national team member in 2010, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’15′ 16,’17, and ’18. He was on the two World Championship teams and was accepted to a third World Championship Team, but decided to retire to focus on his family and his career as a coach.
Casey’s Coaching and Competitive Experience:
· Casey has 16 years coaching experience: recreational through Level 10 in artistic gymnastics for boys and girls and recreational through Elite in trampoline and tumbling
·Casey has 26 years of national and world competitive experience including being accepted to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO at the age of 12, finishing his men’s artistic career at level 10, and retiring his career as a Senior Elite national Team member at the age of 30.
· Traveling as a member of Team USA for 8 years: Competing in Canada, Denmark, and England. Competitions included: Pan American Championships, two Canada Cups, two World Championships and two Olympic Trials 2012 and 2016 placing 7th and 5th.
Valentino started his sports career in judo at the age of 13. Even though he was advancing very fast in judo he was fascinated from the acrobatics he could observe through the window of the gym located just next door. One summer, after overcoming most of his older judo team members, he decided to try the sports acrobatics program. Valentino advanced in several years to the master level and defended the title of “Master of Sports of Acrobatics.” He competed through college in competitive sports acrobatics, producing several top level national team members and masters of acrobatics athletes as their competitive partner. Valentino graduated a 4-year mechanical engineering school, receiving a diploma for mechanics, draftsman, fitter and turner. Valentino continued his education and attended the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria where he graduated with a dual Masters degree and diploma in Sports Acrobatic Training and Physical Education teaching.