PaHeru is a 10-year old sports enthusiast. He is naturally drawn to sports that challenge his strength, agility, and coordination. In March 2020, PaHeru finished the gymnastics competition season placing 3rd (Level 5, Division 1- ages 9 &10) at the North Carolina USAG Men's State Championships. Before deciding to take a break from competition season this year, PaHeru was training as a Level 6 USAG gymnast. In addition, he now holds his Black Belt degree (1st Dan) in Taekwondo.
Born premature at 30 weeks and weighing only 3 pounds, PaHeru entered the world with a determined spirit. Because of his prematurity, PaHeru suffered from under-developed lungs and was diagnosed with asthma and severe allergies before the age of 1. Suffering from developmental delays, PaHeru still was not speaking at 3 years old. After almost a year of speech therapy and with much support from friends and family, PaHeru was speaking, reading and writing by age 4. By age 5, PaHeru and his 2 younger brothers became entrepreneurs when they opened their business "3 Brothers Stand", a local lemonade & kids' jewelry business.
Always with his asthma inhaler & Zyrtec, PaHeru has trained many hours at the gym and dojan in order to work towards being a great athlete. He has earned medals in Men's gymnastics events which includes Steel Rings, Pommel Horse, Vault, Floor and High Bar. In November 2018, he placed 1st All-Around gymnast at the Boudreaux Classic and again placed 1st All-Around in March 2019 at the Coastal Classic here in North Carolina. After scoring 6th All-Around(out of 48) at the 2019 North Carolina Men's State Championship, PaHeru was selected to join the 2019-2020 North Carolina Men's Elite Team. Most recently, PaHeru was named Countryside Gymnastics' "2019 Rookie of the Year Men's Gymnast".
With a passion for fitness and positivism, PaHeru is now on a mission to inspire other young people to achieve their own success regardless of what "lemons of limitations" life has thrown out. We're on a journey to improve youth health & wellness!