Men’s Gymnastics Inks Two
BERKELEY - California men's gymnastics signed a pair of gymnasts on Wednesday. Tyler Shimizu (Newark, Calif.) and Jasper Smith-Gordon (Woking, Surrey, England) have signed National Letters of Intent, as announced on Wednesday by head coach JT Okada.
A Bay Area native, Shimizu competed for the West Coast Olympic Gymnastics Academy while attending Newark Memorial High School. His accolades include being a 2019 U.S Gymnastics Championships qualifier, a 2020 Junior Men's Winter Cup qualifier and a 2020 Elite Team Cup member.
"It's always great to bring local talent onto our team, and Tyler is a standout gymnast," Okada said. "I expect Tyler to bring solid gymnastics on all six events and am eager to help him excel on the senior gymnastics stage. In addition to NCAA competitions, I also look forward to seeing Tyler develop on the USA national competition circuit."
Smith-Gordon was born in Singapore and comes to Berkeley by way of England. Since 2006, he's competed for Elite Men's Artistic Gymnast at Woking Gymnastics Club in the UK. At the U18 2019 London Men's Open, Smith-Gordon took gold on floor (14.10) and vault (14.50). His floor score was his personal best. At the U18 FIG Junior World Championships, he won the bronze on vault (14.466). He earned gold on vault at the 2018 London Men's Open (14.750) and the 2016 U14 British Championships. At the 2018 British Championships, Smith-Gordon won bronze in the all-around (73.40).
"I'm thrilled to welcome Jasper to the Cal gymnastics family," Okada said. "I believe Jasper will bring his junior international success to NCAA competitions and will be an absolute force to be reckoned with on several events. I also cannot wait to help him fulfill his FIG aspirations as he sets his sights on senior international events."