Naka ATHELETE: Andrew Pearce

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Name: Andrew Pearce
Age: 12
City: San Francisco, CA

  • Gymnastics captain for Acrosports’ X Team.
  • Plays outside right for the SF Viking Rebels Soccer team.
  • Runs Cross Country for The San Francisco School Bears.
  • Practices Freestyle Skiing at Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe.

His “NOT SO” Secret talent: He can jump, flip and twist for days.
Favorite conditioning piece: Jump rope “double unders”.

A little something you should know about Andrew…

Andrew Pearce is a 12 year old boy that caught my eye 5 years ago when he came to a gymnastics practice at Acrosports with a freakish talent, outstanding work ethic and great personality. Andrew inspired me, inspired me to care and respect gymnastics again, a sport that I had given up on years ago and that I was just involved with because it was an easy gig.  He made me want to perform well at my job. He made me want to learn more. He made me want to be his Coach. He made me care to guide him and work with him until we achieved our goal.  Our goal was simple: we both wanted to be the BEST we could possibly be at what we did.

At a young age Andrew was able to communicate with me what he wanted to accomplish and how I could help him. He was, and is , a self -directed and driven kid. He made me and the other kids push harder every day. He inspired me to have  the guts to believe that it was okay to put aside what I had been working on so hard for the past 5 years of my life.  So this is more than an Athlete Profile, this is the profile that inspired the creation of Naka Athletics and my decision to become Coach for the rest of my life.

Andrew still practices gymnastics on a regular basis, plays soccer, races Cross Country, skis at a recreational level (even though he is capable of more than many currently nationally ranked athletes). His goal is still the same: Andrew still wants to be the best at what he does, whatever it is. He has a great relationship with his coaches and teammates and he continues to inspire people to push harder. I am grateful to have him as my athlete and young friend. I look forward to seeing what the future holds in store for Andrew and what  Andrew has in store for the future.

Coach- everyone needs inspiration-Carl

P.S. - Take a sneak peak at Andrew during a freestyle sesh at Acrosports!