Acrobatic Gymnastics Athlete Spotlight of the Month - Carson Breen - Junior National Team
posted on 02/12/2019

Carson Breen competes in a mixed pair in the 13-19 division . He and his partner competed at the 2018 World Age Group Competition, their first international performance as partners. Over two years ago, Carson and his entire family moved from the Florida to California to allow him to train at another club and follow his dreams.

Q. What caught your interest and made you think, ‘I want to do that (acrobatic gymnastics)’?
I was visiting Karolyi Ranch outside Houston, Texas for a training camp for GFA (gymnastics for all) and there was an acrobatic gymnastics trio (Gabby, Connie and Alyssa) doing an exhibition and demonstrating what acro was! After the camp was over, I went to my coach (Karys Blake) and told her that I had never wanted to do something so badly! I relentless in begging her to start an acro program at our gym.

Q. What different types of pair groups have you competed?
I started off at Defy Gravity in a Level 7 mixed pair and then in a senior elite men’s four. After I moved to Realis, I was in a 12-18 mixed pair and now I’m in a 13-19 mixed pair!.

Q. Would you share a favorite moment from each of these experiences?
In my Level 7 mixed pair, I would have to say just starting out in acro was so much fun! Learning new things that I never thought I would be able to do was so cool! In my men’s four, going to Nationals 2016 in Providence, R.I. We were the first senior men’s four in the U.S. in over 15 years. My favorite moment with my 12-18 partner was competing in the World Age-Group Competition in Belgium last year. It was such an awesome experience and I hope I can compete in the 2020 Worlds in Switzerland! For my 13-19 pair, making the US national team in December was awesome! It was my first competition with my new partner, Anna! It was a great way to start the season for us two! We can’t wait to compete in Maia, Portugal this March for our first International competition together!

Q. Your immense passion for this sport took you and your whole family across the country. What sacrifices have you and your family made to follow this dream?
My family and I have made huge sacrifices to do what I love! I currently train at Realis Gymnastics In Redlands, Calif. Before I moved to California, I lived in Clermont, Fla., and trained at Defy Gravity. My family and I made the big decision to move after my previous men’s four separated. We left so many friends, family and the place we lived for 6 years. My parents have always said they would do anything to help their kids achieve their goals and dreams. We, together, decided that California would be the best fit for us. It’s crazy to think that we have been here for 2.5 years already.

Q. Any words of encouragement for younger or newer athletes in the sport?
Just keep going and don’t give up! I know that sounds a little cliché, but it’s true. Sometimes things can get tough, but if you just keep going, everything will turn out great. I always say to myself that everything happens for a reason, no matter how bad or how good… things happen for reasons.

Q. We see you are competing in the blocks program. Do you have a favorite skill?
Yes! I am super excited to compete in the blocks program this year. Doing any flexible shaped handstand skills are my favorite!