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
Xcel Head Coach
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" Peterson
Recreation Program Specialist, Xcel Team Lead Coach
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 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.