About Ultimate Sports Connection

Unity - Strength - Character

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Our Vision: To guide each athlete as they uncover and cultivate their unique strengths and talents through commitment to high caliber training, safety, and sportsmanship.

Ultimate Sports Connection was established to develop strength in both the mind and body of today’s youth through sports, while cultivating self-confidence and discipline to better serve and engage with the community around them.

- Abra and Monica

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Abra Slater

Co-Owner and Head Coach

Abra is a gymnastics leader with several decades of experience in building and coaching highly successful programs that serve girls and boys of all ages and abilities.  Prior to opening Ultimate Sports Connection in Concord, she served as the Director of Golden Bear Youth Gymnastics at UC Berkeley, where she led a variety of recreational and competitive programs, including a Junior Olympic team of more than 70 athletes at levels 2-10, a strong Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs),  and an acclaimed Xcel program.  Earlier in her career, Abra served as Head Coach and Director at both West Valley Gymnastics and Pegasus Gymnastics, and was the Owner and Director of Hawaii Gymnastics.

In addition to coaching, Abra is an award-winning choreographer, and was a champion ballroom and swing dancer with her husband, Mark.  She holds USAG certifications in Safety and as a Meet Director, and is certified in CPR.  Abra is also the director/owner of the annual international gymnastics meet, Spirit of the Flame.

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Monica L. Subieta

Co-Owner and Head Coach

Monica's career in gymnastics has spanned more than 25 years and includes serving for many years as the Director of Compulsory and Developmental Gymnastics for Golden Bear Youth Gymnastics at UC Berkeley, working closely with young gymnasts to reach their athletic potential.  Prior to joining Abra at Golden Bear, Monica founded Platinum Gymnastics in Texas, where she helped to establish and build numerous successful programs, and before that coached for many years at Capital Gymnastics.  Monica founded and ran the Talent Opportunity Program (TOPs) at Golden Bear, Platinum and Capital, and served as the TOPs State Manager for Texas.

With complementary experience in show teams, acrobatics, pre-school and recreational gymnastics, Monica brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Ultimate Sports Connection.  She holds USAG certifications in Junior Olympic Team Coaching, Safety and Risk Management, SafeSport, Pre-school Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Gymnastics Instruction and Skill Evaluation, and is also certified in CPR.  Monica received her B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Texas.

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Travis Newman

Co-Founder, Assistant  Head Coach, Optional Team Coach, Facilities & Medical Director

Travis Newman has been doing gymnastics his whole life and has a background in high level gymnastics, both as a gymnast and as a coach. Travis has been fortunate enough to learn from some of the top level coaches in the gymnastics space. He has been coaching for more than 15yeas and is a specialist in trampoline,tumbling and bars. He has had athletes on the Junior and Senior USA National Gymnastics Team and the Mexico National Team. He has had the privilege of coaching gymnasts from all over the country and the world, elite gymnasts from countries like: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England and Mexico

Travis Has also been a Cirque performer and coach as well as a Crossfit competitor and coach.Travis also has an extensive medical background, as a licensed Paramedic and now as a Functional Movement & Mobility specialist. He is also certified in Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning,Olympic Weight Lifting, Crossfit level 1&2 coach; with a background in Sports Medicine and Nutrition.  He is a CrossFit Trainer, a Certified Funtional Movement Therapist (F.M.S), has been a Cirque Artist, USA National & World Cyr Wheel Team Member, is FEMA Certified and was certified as a Licensed Paramedic in 2010 as well as many other credentials.