What does it take to be a champion? For 15-year old men’s artistic gymnast, Jayson Rampersad, it starts at home. “My family has been very supportive throughout my career. Without them I wouldn’t be able to get to practice. They’re my personal chauffeurs. I feel very confident knowing that I have their support to back me on my journey.

Born and raised in Oakville, Jayson found his love for gymnastics at the young age of 4. His coach at the time saw potential and soon encouraged his parents to have him train in the competitive program. Jayson fell in love with gymnastics because of the opportunity to always learn new skills and combinations, which he still enjoys to this day.

Over the years, Jayson has had the privilege to train with great athletes and coaches, including coach Greg Jackson, to whom Jayson credits muc

h of his success for providing the guidance and foundation it takes to become an elite gymnast.

His current coach, Frank Szabo Jr. has been instrumental in his push to being named to the Canadian National Team. Reminding Jayson to stay focused on his own career and goals, Coach Frank often tells him, “Only focus on you because you can only control yourself and not what others do.” Jayson explains, “I find that mentality helps keep me motivated because I’m not comparing myself to people that have had more years of experience then me. It helps to keep me centered on my goal of improving myself.”

Since he began competing, Jayson has chalked up several awards including winning gold on the pommel horse at the 2019 Canadian National Championships. This July, Jayson will be competing in the 2019 Elite Canada Men’s Artistic Gymnastics competition looking to win yet another gold and continue to represent Canada.

Follow Jayson on his journey through his Facebook page – facebook.com/GymnastRampersad