Caelyn Griffith - Special Olympics World Games Athlete
Caelyn Griffith loves gymnastics. She's gearing up to compete in artistic gymnastics at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games as the sole representative of the Westside Special Olympics gymnastics team in Santa Monica, Calif.
The 20-year-old Kaiser Permanente member started in gymnastics more than 10 years ago as a way to improve her balance. Over the years, not only has her balance improved, Caelyn has become physically confident and has seen a big boost in her self-esteem. She's been with her coach, Natasha Burgos, since the beginning of her gymnastics career, and the two have formed a very strong connection—Natasha has become an extended part of the family.
While floor routine is her favorite event, Caelyn will be participating in the full gymnastics event rotation at the John Wooden Center at UCLA. She is looking forward to this summer event of a lifetime.
"I'm excited to participate in the World Games because it's a challenge to compete, plus I will get to meet new people and it's the opportunity of a lifetime," says Caelyn.
When she's not at the gym, she loves to dance, play basketball, and watch football on TV. Caelyn is working toward living independently, and after the World Games she's hoping to attend Taft College in Bakersfield.