A Visit With Deidre Baumgarten, Coach and Judge

A Visit With Deidre Baumgarten, Coach and Judge

Deidre Baumgarten has had years of experience from many different perspectives in the world of gymnastics. She is a former competitive gymnast, a coach, a judge, and now the mother of a young competitive gymnast. She was also the office manager at a large gym. In this interview, she shares her personal gymnastics history, her approach on coaching, judging, and what it’s like for her to now watch and even sometimes have to judge her daughter at her gymnastics meets. I invite you to get to know this warm, intelligent, and amazing lady!

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A Conversation with Amber Myers, Owner of Cal Star Gymnastics

A Conversation with Amber Myers, Owner of Cal Star Gymnastics

At the tender age of 18, Amber Myers opened her gym, Cal Star Gymnastics, in Novato, California. As well as being a mother of two children, Amber has provided a safe and happy place for hundreds of children for 20 years. I invite you to get to know this fabulous woman and read about her passion for gymnastics, her personal gymnastics story, and how her vision for Cal Star has evolved over the years.

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Meet Sarah Greenlief

Meet Sarah Greenlief

Sarah Greenlief is a former competitive gymnast and a much loved recreational coach at Redwood Empire Gymnastics, in Petaluma. She’s also a mother of three children, ten-year-old twins, Jake and Jasmine, and six-year-old, Violet. Her two daughters currently do gymnastics, so she now has a unique perspective from the parenting side of gymnastics. In this interview, I invite you to get to know Sarah. Among other things, she shares with us the value that gymnastics has had in her life, and what she feels her young students and her daughters can learn from the sport. 

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A Chat with Steve Klotz

A Chat with Steve Klotz

For 31 years, Steve Klotz, former owner of Redwood Empire Gymnastics, provided a safe, supportive, and fun place for gymnastics students of all ages and skill levels to come learn and grow. He created a culture where the mission statement was “Quality, Success, Confidence,” for both students and staff members, which Steve explains in further detail in this interview. I was one of the fortunate people to work for Steve Klotz, and was blessed to be able to sit down with him recently to have this inspiring chat. I hope you enjoy it! 

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A Talk with Mary Jambon

A Talk with Mary Jambon

While I was coaching at Redwood Empire Gymnastics, I had the privilege of working with Mary Jambon. I learned so much from her. Her passion for teaching gymnastics inspired me. Mary owns her own gym now in Sonoma (Sonoma Gymnastics Academy). In this interview Mary talks about how she became involved with gymnastics, how it affected her personal development, what inspired her to open her own gym, and much more.  Enjoy getting to know this dynamic and fabulous woman!

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Ten Questions with Wendy Staples Hicks

Ten Questions with Wendy Staples Hicks

Wendy and I coached together a few years back at Redwood Empire Gymnastics in Petaluma, California. She agreed to model for me and therefore is the “real Coach Wendy” in my children’s book, Gymnastics Day with Silly Sammy. Being a competitive gymnast for 13 years and a coach since she was 16, and now the mother of a child attending gymnastics classes, Wendy has a lot of valuable insights, experiences, and wisdom to share with us from the different viewpoints of being involved with gymnastics.

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