Olympus Gymnastics is under New Management
As some of you know, as of January 1st, Olympus Gymnastics is now under new ownership.
I would like to take this time to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me. My name is Ryan Kirkham. I have been a coach at Olympus for the past 14 years and worked directly with Mary Wright for all of this time. I have a beautiful wife, Jamie, of 17 years and have 3 fantastic children.
For the past 22 years I have dedicated myself to the study of the sport of gymnastics. I absolutely love this sport and am passionate about the continued success of my students. I have had great success as a coach here at Olympus. I have been fortunate enough to have coached several national champions and am personally responsible for 22 of my athletes receiving full ride athletic college scholarships.
I am proud of the success of this gym. I am proud of the legacy that Mary Wright has left behind and I am thrilled that I get to help grow and continue the proud traditions of excellence and quality gymnastics that this gym has always produced.
We have the best staff in the state of Utah! The recreation staff is fantastic and energetic. Heidi Merrin is our class program director and has done a phenomenal job training our staff. Her positive and cheerful attitude is always evident and has been passed on to our staff as they teach and instill a love of gymnastics in your children.
The team staff is committed and passionate about helping our athletes grow and learn and to reach their full potential.
I am so excited to take over the reins here at Olympus. I am excited for the future of the awesome program. We as coaches expect this program to improve and grow every year. You, as parents, can expect excellence from the coaches at all times.
I thank you all for your continued support and let’s rock 2015!
Stay tuned for the latest new!
Stay tuned for the latest new!
The objective of the class program is to offer co-ordination, gymnastics, strength and flexibility skills on all four of the Olympic events for girls and all six of the Olympic events for boys. We also incorporate trampoline and dance skills as we follow USA gymnastics national curriculum. The gymnasts learn discipline while being encouraged, in a positive manner, to accomplish the listed gymnastics skills. Our students participate at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold and they are evaluated at the end of each month. Progress can be seen on the Star Charts posted in the foyer. Twice a year, we host a mini meet for our class students where they perform their routines in a competition format and receive medals for their participation. In June, we host the Summer Sizzle in conjunction with the Team Recital and in December, we host the Winter Classic. Girls and Boys advance through the levels at their own pace and mobility to the next level is acquired as they attain all the skills listed on the respective levels posted on their Star Charts.
This program is geared towards the student with exceptional talent. Participation in this program is by invitation only. The Cubs, Lions, Tigers, Tops and Pre-Team students are placed in this program.
We follow USA Gymnastics national curriculum and our compulsory team students compete in various meets within the state. These levels include Level 2, level 3, Level 4 and Level 5. The compulsory team program has annual "try outs" every year in May for the Level 2 program. Mobility from one level to the next is determined by achieving the skills required to compete at each level. These skills are determined by our national governing body, USA Gymnastics. We often will have one out of state meet per year in Las Vegas. Our Olympus team has won hundreds of state titles throughout the years and has a very experienced and knowledgable coaching staff.
We follow USA Gymnastics guidelines for the levels competed in the optional program. These include, Xcel. Level 6, Level 7, Level 8, Level 9 and Level 10. Our students travel to approximately 3-4 "away" meets each year, some local meets including Crystal Cup, plus Regionals and Nationals. Olympus has won more state, regional and national titles than any other club in Utah. Mobility from one level to the next is determined by the required minimum score set down by USAG and the minimum requirements set down by the Olympus staff. Optional athletes from Olympus have represented the USA in international competition in Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, Russia and Japan.