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TEAM

We have separate Boys’ Team and Girls’ Teams. The teams will travel to events throughout the region, participating in levels 3 through 10, rec-opt or Excel competitions. Team members are selected by ability and space availability. Additional costs are involved. Contact the gymnastics department at the Park District for more information.

Hot Shots

Our Hot Shots Program is designed to develop potential future team members who are between the ages of 4 & 6 years old. Hot Shots practice year round on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm at the high school gymnastics room. Placement into the Hot Shots program is though invitation only by the coaching staff.

Gymnastics - Hot Shots

Girls Team

The girls Bainbridge Island gymnastic team was founded in 1981 under the direction of Jean welch and has been growing strong ever since. The girls team practices year round and its members ages range from 6 to 18 years old. The team competes in Level 3-10 in the Junior Olympic program of USA Gymnastics. Placement onto the team is through invitation only by the coaching staff.

Gymnastics - Girls Team

Meet the Coaches

Jason BalangueJason Balangue
Gymnastics Program Coordinator, Girls Team Head Coach
206-842-2306 Ext.126
jason@biparks.org

Jason Balangue has spent his life training in a variety of sports, most notably Martial Arts. He has trained for many years in acrobatics, gymnastics and dance as well. From 1999-2004 he worked for the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Gymnastics program teaching classes as well as coaching the girls team levels 4-7. In 2004, Jason decided to search for a new path in life and left to do some modeling and acting in the Philippines. After a short time away, he realized that he missed coaching gymnastics and training people to be physically fit, so in 2006, he returned to Washington to become a Personal Trainer.  He received a degree from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in Physical Fitness and Nutrition. He trained many top athletes from a variety of sports (Collegiate and Professional), as well as bodybuilders. In early 2008 he was given the opportunity to come back to the BIMPRD Gymnastics Program working with the Hot Shots and Girls levels 4 and 5. Jason’s favorite event to coach is Floor. Jason is best known for not allowing anyone to use the word CAN’T during practice.

Katie RochonKatie Rochon
Gymnastics Program Specialist, Assistant Girls Team Coach
206-842-2306 Ext.120
katier@biparks.org

Katie Rochon started gymnastics when she was 10 years old. She competed up to level 8 and did 4 years of high school gymnastics. She was selected for the Washington high school national team. Katie started coaching her senior year in high school and has been coaching ever since. In June of 2016, she joined the BIMPRD team.

Megan Kelly
Compulsory Girls Team Coach

Megan Kelly was in gymnastics for 12 years and has been coaching for six years. Her favorite event as a gymnast was Balance Beam. Her favorite event to coach is Vault. Megan did gymnastics competitively at Zero Gravity Athletics for about three years before retiring from the sport.

Boys Team

The boys gymnastics team was established in 1991 by current head coach Bryan Garoutte. The boys team practices year round and its members ages range from 6 to 18 years old. The team competes in Level 4-10 in the Junior Olympic program of USA Gymnastics. Placement onto the team is through invitation only by the coaching staff.

Gymnastics - Boys Team

Meet the Coaches

Bryan Garoutte
Recreation Superintendent, Boys Team Head Coach
206-842-2306 Ext.124
bryan@biparks.org

Bryan Garoutte started gymnastics in his senior year of high school. He then worked in Silverdale for two years coaching classes and boys team while going to college. He earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Seattle Central Community College. He then took the head coach’s position for the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District. He has coached for the Park District for more than twenty years. He began coaching the girl’s team for several years and then moved to coaching the boy’s team. He was the Men’s “Coach of the Year” for Washington State in 1992-93. He has trained several state & regional champions on individual events and in the all-around for the past 15 years.  His favorite events to coach are the pommel horse, parallel bars and vault. Bryan enjoys coaching both boys and girls teams, however, is now coaching primarily the boys team. He was selected to coach at both the state and regional camps in past years and has directed the state camp. He was voted as the Men’s Program State Treasurer from 1999 to 2012.

Bryan "Wilbur" PetersonBryan “Wilbur” Peterson
Gymnastics Program Specialist, Assistant Boys Team Coach
206-842-2306 Ext.117
bpeterson@biparks.org

Wilbur Peterson is extremely excited and proud to be back in the gym with BIGC! Wilbur began his gymnastics career as a Kindergym gymnast shortly after moving to the island in 1998. He joined the BIGC team in 2001 and competed for ten seasons before graduating from BHS. Growing up, his favorite event was (and still is) P-Bars. Wilbur began coaching classes and camps part-time once he turned 14, and returned seasonally to help with camps and team during summers while attending the University of Oregon, where he also coached boys’ team at The US Gymnastics Academy in Eugene. Wilbur is an FIG-certified men’s judge with five years’ experience and has judged state competitions in Oregon and Nevada as well as large region-wide meets like Rose City and Charity Choice, and he is very excited to help all of our gymnasts meet and exceed their competitive goals.

Xcel Team

The Xcel team was established in 2010 as a way to allow talented gymnasts the ability to compete without demanding such a large time commitment that the Girls Junior Olympic program requires. The team practices 6 hours per week year round. Placement onto the team is through invitation only by the coaching staff.

Meet the Coaches

Jason BalangueJason Balangue
Gymnastics Program Coordinator, Xcel Head Coach
206-842-2306 Ext.126
jason@biparks.org

Jason Balangue has spent his life training in a variety of sports, most notably Martial Arts. He has trained for many years in acrobatics, gymnastics and dance as well. From 1999-2004 he worked for the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Gymnastics program teaching classes as well as coaching the girls team levels 4-7. In 2004, Jason decided to search for a new path in life and left to do some modeling and acting in the Philippines. After a short time away, he realized that he missed coaching gymnastics and training people to be physically fit, so in 2006, he returned to Washington to become a Personal Trainer.  He received a degree from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in Physical Fitness and Nutrition. He trained many top athletes from a variety of sports (Collegiate and Professional), as well as bodybuilders. In early 2008 he was given the opportunity to come back to the BIMPRD Gymnastics Program working with the Hot Shots and Girls levels 4 and 5. Jason’s favorite event to coach is Floor. Jason is best known for not allowing anyone to use the word CAN’T during practice.

Bryan "Wilbur" PetersonBryan “Wilbur” Peterson
Gymnastics Program Specialist, Xcel Team Lead Coach
206-842-2306 Ext.117
bpeterson@biparks.org

Wilbur Peterson is extremely excited and proud to be back in the gym with BIGC! Wilbur began his gymnastics career as a Kindergym gymnast shortly after moving to the island in 1998. He joined the BIGC team in 2001 and competed for ten seasons before graduating from BHS. Growing up, his favorite event was (and still is) P-Bars. Wilbur began coaching classes and camps part-time once he turned 14, and returned seasonally to help with camps and team during summers while attending the University of Oregon, where he also coached boys’ team at The US Gymnastics Academy in Eugene. Wilbur is an FIG-certified men’s judge with five years’ experience and has judged state competitions in Oregon and Nevada as well as large region-wide meets like Rose City and Charity Choice, and he is very excited to help all of our gymnasts meet and exceed their competitive goals.

Megan Kelly
Xcel Assistant Coach

Megan Kelly was in gymnastics for 12 years and has been coaching for six years. Her favorite event as a gymnast was Balance Beam. Her favorite event to coach is Vault. Megan did gymnastics competitively at Zero Gravity Athletics for about three years before retiring from the sport.