Paulo Pena grew up in a small Brazilian town, starting to train at age 7, and travelling 4 hours a day to realize his dream of becoming a high-level gymnast. During his career, he was all-around champion of the three biggest states in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais) and National champion (1997-2000, 2004). He spent five years on the Brazilian National team (1998, 2000-2002, 2005). During this time, they were champion of the South American games; as well as, placed second and third in the Pan American championship. He was fortunate to be mentored by international coaches from Armenia, Ukraine, Cuba and Brazil, who inspired Paulo’s passion for coaching. Athletes from recreational to National level have thrived with his planning and leadership.
Paulo performed with Cirque du Soleil, Corteo, touring in North America and Japan for 5 years. He continues to perform special events with the company. Armed with a Bachelor Degree in Sport and 24 years of experience, Paulo is excited to join Powell River Gymnastics and raise his young family here. He believes that gymnastics is a complete sport which develops mind, body, and motor skills to carry for a lifetime. Paulo’s goal is to bring out the best of each athlete and most of all, in a fun way!