Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Rainer.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Chelsea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started coaching at the age of 17 when I moved for College. I relocated a few times and found my home in Phoenix in my early twenties. I transitioned from traditional gymnastics (artistic) to a trampoline in 2006. I helped create the first competitive trampoline program in the state of Arizona at that time and since then I have been named as a “Coach of the Year” by USA Gymnastics (2014), I’ve been the assistant coach for Team USA at 2 World Age Group Championships (2015 Odense, Denmark, 2017 Sofia, Bulgaria), the Head Coach for Team USA at the 2018 World Championships (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Head coach for the Team USA at the 2019 Valladolid World Cup in Spain. I am currently the US National Team Head Coach as well as the Junior Olympic Chair for USA Gymnastics.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I find that being a young female in a male-dominated sport is never easy. I’ve worked hard to remain true to who I am and gain trust from my fellow coaches and administrators at USAG by working hard and being honest.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Locally, I am the Head Coach and Trampoline Program Manager at North Valley Gymnastics. We have one of the premier facilities in Arizona and in the country. We run a highly competitive team and more importantly we’re in the business of teaching young athletes that hard work and time management is the most valuable tool you can learn from gymnastics.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I think what makes me most proud is seeing athletes I have coached work through failures. So often with the younger generations, they have bulldozer parents who flatten every road and make everything easy. I think gymnastics is a sport of failure and when high-level athletes can successfully come back from failures, that’s what makes me most proud. That’s what will set them up for a brighter future when sports are finished.
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