Despite shattering her collar bone and battling scoliosis, Rebekah Burgess became the first Ojai gymnast to qualify for Regionals as an Xcel Gold gymnast. (photo submitted)
On Park Road in Ojai, champions are training and leaders are honing their skills. Ojai Valley Gymnastics began as a recreational program through the city Of Ojai, but decades later — thanks to dedicated coaches and passionate gymnasts — Ojai is now making its mark in the world of USA gymnastics and fostering a new generation of athletes.
Rebekah Burgess is one of them. The 15-year-old is not your typical gymnast, standing 5 feet, 10 inches. But despite her taller-than-average stature, she is a force to be reckoned with for Ojai Valley Gymnastics, both as a coach and as a team member.