Perfect 10 Countdown: Going for the Gold Gala 2018 – DAY 4 – Bruno Klaus

It’s DAY 4 of the Going for the Gold Gala Perfect 10 Countdown!

This year, our Spirit of Sport honoree is USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame member Bruno Klaus!

Bruno Klaus began gymnastics at the age of 12 in New York. He competed under Coach Bill Meade at Southern Illinois University. He was also a National Turner Junior and National AAU Junior Champion. Bruno was chosen to be a member of the 1966 U.S. State Department sponsored exhibition gymnastic team that traveled to Europe and Africa. Bruno founded, organized, developed, and served as president of the internationally famous International Gymnastics Camp in Pennsylvania.

Gymnasts have been attending the legendary International Gymnastics Camp for over 40 years. Through its programs and commitment to gymnastics, founder Bruno Klaus has given an unforgettable experience to athletes of all ages. Bruno and IGC have also been longtime supporters of Wendy Hilliard and the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation. This year, the WHGF is honoring Bruno during its annual gala celebration.

Last year, Bruno was the recipient of the 2017 World Acrobatic Society’s Golden Achievement Award

Watch a video of Bruno recently doing some giants—wow!

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Thank you Bruno for your ongoing support of the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation!

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We are reaching far and wide for support of our gymnastics programs that have already served over 17,000 youth with free and low cost gymnastics!

Every dollar goes to our gymnastics programs and scholarships – so donate here and please join us!

Find out more info about our Going for the Gold gala here.

 

Take a look at last year’s event

 

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Perfect 10 Countdown: Going for the Gold Gala 2018 – DAY 3 – WHGF Alumni

 

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It’s DAY 3 of the Going for the Gold Gala Perfect 10 Countdown!

Today, we’re proud to spotlight 4 incredible WHGF alumni!

Niahlah Hope
You may have seen Niahlah in action in her work as a stunt double for Lupita N’yongo and Taraji P. Henson, among others, in movies including The Avengers and Black Panther and on TV for Orange Is the New Black, The Blacklist and more. Wow!
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Olivia Boisson
Olivia Boisson competed on the WHGF’s rhythmic gymnastics team. She also studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and later at the School of American Ballet. Olivia has been a member of New York City Ballet’s corps de ballet since 2012.
Alexis Page

Alexis Page was introduced to her mentor and now employer, Wendy Hilliard, in 2003, who introduced her to the sport of rhythmic gymnastics.

After competing for the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation for three years, she followed Wendy to compete for Aviator Sports & Recreation. Alexis competed internationally, in places like Cuba, France, Portugal, Spain, and Slovenia. Alexis now studies biology at Hunter College and is a coach for the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation.

McKenzie Foster
You may recognize McKenzie as the cover girl and focus of photographer’s Jane Feldman beautiful book I Am a Gymnast. She is both a classically trained ballerina and a national-level rhythmic gymnast. She continues to wow in the business world — she’s been selling real estate since she was in high school! McKenzie is also the owner of the popular East Village eatery FryGuys

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Niahlah, Olivia, Alexis and McKenzie, we are so proud to call you alumni of the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation!

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We are reaching far and wide for support of our gymnastics programs that have already served over 17,000 youth with free and low cost gymnastics!

Every dollar goes to our gymnastics programs and scholarships – so donate here and please join us!

Find out more info about our Going for the Gold gala here.

 

Take a look at last year’s event

 

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Perfect 10 Countdown: Going for the Gold Gala 2018 – DAY 2 – Bart Conner

It’s DAY 2 of the Going for the Gold Gala Perfect 10 Countdown!

This year, one of our two Champions Award honorees is Olympic gymnast Bart Conner!

Bart is truly one of my favorite gymnasts! We always have such a great time and a few hearty laughs – whether it was performing in a show, commentating TV events together [he has good rhythmic jokes 🙂 ] or meeting up at the Olympics.
He has been a long time supporter of the WHGF and I am so honored that he is taking the time to come to NYC for our Going for the Gold Gala!
Bart Conner is a three-time Olympian (1976, 1980, 1984) and won two gold medals (team and parallel bars) at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He has been inducted into every sports hall of fame out there: USOC Olympic Hall of Fame, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Today, Bart runs the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy with his wife Nadia Comaneci.

Watch Bart performing in 1976:

Thank you Bart for your ongoing support of the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation!

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We are reaching far and wide for support of our gymnastics programs that have already served over 17,000 youth with free and low cost gymnastics!

Every dollar goes to our gymnastics programs and scholarships – so donate here and please join us!

Find out more info about our Going for the Gold gala here.

 

Take a look at last year’s event

 

Click here to see ALL of our Perfect 10 Countdown posts.

Perfect 10 Countdown: Going for the Gold Gala 2018 – DAY 1

Let the Perfect 10 Countdown to this year’s Going for the Gold Gala begin!

We are so excited to be 10 days away from this year’s Going for the Gold Gala!

We will be honoring Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, Simon M. Lorne and Bruno Klaus

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We are reaching far and wide for support of our gymnastics programs that have already served over 17,000 youth with free and low cost gymnastics!

Every dollar goes to our gymnastics programs and scholarships – so donate here and please join us!

Find out more info about our Going for the Gold gala here.

 

Take a look at last year’s event