By Dupé Aleru|Appril 8, 2011|Beverly Hills Courier|11:44 a.m.
Isaiah Drake, also known as “Lord of the Rings” due to his talent in the Still-Rings category, is a third grade student at Good Shepherd School who will continue on to the Regional 1 Competition in Northern California due his state championship win in March.
Drake was named Still-Rings State Champion in the Level 5, age 7-8 years category at the Southern California State Gymnastics Championship on March 26 in Aliso Viejo.
This completion is under the aegis of USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in the United States as designated by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Drake also placed third on Parallel Bars and third in the All-Around Competition.
Drake, who has been a gymnastic student for three years, is being coached and trained by Henry Vanetsyan at Broadway Gymnastics School in Los Angeles, near Playa Vista. Vanetsyan is a former Olympic coach who trained the Soviet Union Men’s Gymnastics team for fifteen years.
Isaiah will represent Southern California at the Region 1 Championships in Oakland on April 10, competing against gymnasts from Northern California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.
For further information contact Annie Goepel at 323-463-9700.