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November 29, 2011 > Local 9-year-old brings home the gold

Local 9-year-old brings home the gold

Article and photo submitted by Teodorie Ravara

Tia Agdeppa Ravara of Hayward has earned the coveted All Around State Champion title in gymnastics as well as a place on the NorCal State Level 5 Team. The local nine-year-old competed in the USA Gymnastics Northern California Women's Junior Olympics Level 5 State Championship hosted by San Mateo Gymnastics in Redwood City on November 12-13, 2011.

Ravara received her personal best scores in every event earning second place on Vault with a score of 9.400, first place on bars with a 9.725, first place on beam with a 9.825, and second place on floor with a 9.625. With an All Around score of 38.575, Tia had the second highest All Around score for the weekend among all 422 competing athletes, earning a spot on the NorCal Level 5 State Team and becoming the All Around State Champion in her Age Division.

Earlier this year, Tia also achieved the honor of being a 2011 USA Gymnastics National TOPs Testing Qualifer. Ravara is a fourth grade student at All Saints Catholic School in Hayward holding a 3.5 grade point average and All Saints Award recipient for consistently modeling the qualities of a student who is an "Active Learner." She is also active in the Student Council and is working toward a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Ravara is a member of the Pacific West Gymnastics Team coached by Rodica Apateanu, Jennifer Battaglia, Alan Fujinami, Hanako Miura, Maria Traggio Rivera, and Jennifer Apodaca Rogers.

Tia Ravara's State Championship Video can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/03NFLTw0Kbw?hd=1
Official NorCal Level 5 State Championship Results: http://norcal-gymnastics.org/results/State_Results_2011/Level_5_State/northern_california_2011_level_5.htm

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