Women’s Competitive Team

Our women’s competitive gymnastics team is a prestigious program focusing on building a solid foundation of gymnastics while empowering young gymnasts to reach their full potential both in and out of the gym.

The women’s team competes from Level 3 to Level 10 under the USA Gymnastics program policies and guidelines. Participation on our women’s competitive team is by invitation only.

State All-Around and Event Champions

Levels 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

Regional All-Around and Event Champions

Levels 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

USA Top 100 List

Levels 6, 7, 8 & 9

HGA athletes have gone on to compete for LSU and OU

Petr Soul
Women’s Team Coach

Petr Soul, originally from the Czech Republic, started his gymnastics career later than most at the age of 12. While Petr had aspirations for a lengthy career as a gymnast, life had other plans which ultimately led him to coaching. Petr, acknowledging his passion for the sport, began traveling to various clubs to learn more about gymnastics and what it takes to become a successful coach. While in college in Prague, Petr began coaching at Sport Gymnasium Club, home to members of the Junior National Team. It was here that he learned from the best, working with elite coaches from the National Team, as well as coaches and gymnasts from visiting Russia and Ukraine teams. This experience led him to Namibia (Africa), where he accepted an invitation to coach.

After returning to the Czech Republic, he completed his degree in Women’s Sport Gymnastics and coached a private club where again, elite athletes were selected to become members of the Junior National Team. In 1996, Coach Soul left the Czech Republic to bring his talents and passion for the sport to the United States where he began coaching in California before relocating to Houston to join our award-winning team of coaches and gymnasts at Houston Gymnastics Academy.

Educated at the Facility of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University in Prague, Petr earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Physical Education with a specialization in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Coach Soul brings a wealth of both national and international experience and knowledge of the sport to our Women’s Team, working to ensure each gymnast reaches her full potential.

Bladimir “Blad” Leyton Duran Rios
Women’s Team Coach

Blad, originally from Colombia and member of the Colombian Olympic Committee, was a competitive gymnast in his native country before earning his degree in Sports and Physical Activity from National University in Sports, in Cali, Colombia. Throughout his time competing, he was a Colombian National Jr. Champion, three-time Vault Champion at the Colombia National Games before becoming the Women’s Coach at Canaverles Internationals School (2009-2011) and later the Women’s Head Coach at Surgent Elite School of Gymnastics (2012-2016).

Yurany Avendaño
Women’s Team Coach

Yurany, originally from Cúcuta, Colombia, is not only a valued member of our women’s team coaching staff but she’s also a competitive gymnast in her home country. Educated in psychology and a lifelong gymnast, Yurany brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our women’s competitive team. An expert in gymnastics choreography, she is a Colombia National Champion (2002-2018), 3-time World Champion, 2-time Bolivian Games Champion, 2-time South American Games Champion, 2-time Pacific Rim Champion and Pan American Games Champion. Yurany believes gymnastics is more than just a sport, she sees it as a lifestyle and Houston Gymnastics Academy is lucky to have her passion and experience as she encourages our women’s team gymnasts to do their best and best their best!

Summer 2019 Open Enrollment Begins April 29th

Priority enrollment for Summer 2019 classes is now through April 27th, with open enrollment beginning April 29th! View our current class schedule, pricing and availability online. Classes fill quickly so visit our front desk or call (713) 668-6001 to reserve your spot today!