Rachael Reed has trouble sitting still. She'll practice her push-outs for gymnastics while she's doing homework, or even while she's being interviewed for a newspaper article.
Like most 9-year-olds, Rachael is also pretty shy.
"When she's performing [gymnastics] it goes away," said Camille Reed, Rachael's mom. "I don't think she realizes she's performing."
It's safe to say gymnastics comes naturally to Rachael, the fourth-grade La Cañada Elementary student. Although it comes more easily to her then to most, she still refines her skills five days a week, four hours a day, at Club Champion Gymnastics in Pasadena.
Rachael showed how easy the sport can come to her on Nov. 13 when she competed in the California State Championships in Bakersfield. The event drew 751 competitors. Rachael bested her opponents in her division and was named the competition's all-around gymnast.
Oksana Suvolova, one of Rachael's coaches at Club Champion, was happy to see her succeed.