U.S. Gymnastics Coach Helps Colombian Gymnast

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(Newswire.net — May 2, 2014) Dimondale, Michigan


2011 U.S. World Team Head Coach and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach for USA Gymnastics, John Geddert recently donated and arranged for the shipment of thousands of dollars of gymnastics equipment to Colombia.  This donation was made to an new upstart private gymnastics club that has long term goals of producing national and international class gymnasts.  John Geddert is the owner and head coach of Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Dimondale, Michigan (Lansing area).


John GeddertJohn Geddert and Twistars USA have a history of organizing and donating large shipments of gymnastics equipment overseas.  In 2007, as a good will gesture, Geddert organized the collection of 10’s of thousands of dollars of gymnastics equipment.  He then arranged for shipping and delivery to the Colombian Gymnastics Federation. This project helped Colombia place their first female gymnast, Nathalia Sanchez Cardenas, at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. “What a rewarding feeling” John Geddert said.
As a result of that 2007 good will gesture and donation, Twistars was contacted in early 2014 to assist another Colombian gymnast, Eliana Rodriguez, with her quest to earn a spot on the 2016 Olympic team for the Rio Games. In the process it became apparent that the equipment needs in Colombia were still substandard.  In an attempt to help with this problem, Twistars USA, under the direction of John Geddert, organized another equipment shipment. “If just feels good to help those that struggle in situations that are less fortunate than ours here in the USA”. “I get a big thrill out of impacting the lives of these hard working athletes in a positive way,” John Geddert said.


According to John Geddert, “One of the goals at Twistars USA is not only to impact the lives of the athletes that we coach, but also to impact the lives of athletes around the world. We take great pride in our gymnastics accomplishments here at Twistars, but it is the character building and life altering influences that organized sports and quality mentoring can provide that really make dealing with children a special occupation.”


John Geddert has been named State, Regional, National and/or Elite Coach of the Year by USA Gymnastics dozens of times over the past 26 years.  He was the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Chairperson for Region 5 (Michigan, Indian, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois) for 25 years. 


About Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club:


Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club is owned by John and Kathryn Geddert.  The gymnastics club has two locations:  Dimondale, located inside The Summit and DeWitt, located in Clark Corners.  Twistars was founded by the Gedderts’ in 1996 to offer competitive and recreational gymnastics opportunities to children in the Greater Lansing area.  Twistars is ranked one of the most successful competitive gymnastics programs in the United States.  They have produced an a long list of successful gymnasts including: the 2011 World Champion, and 2012 Olympic Champion, Jordyn Wieber, Over 50 National Champions, 38 Junior Olympic and Elite National Team Members on the individual level, over 100 State Champion Teams and Millions of dollars in full ride college scholarship athletes.


Recreational gymnastics classes and gymnastics camps are the main focus of Twistars.  Over 1,000 children participate in recreational programs and camps offered at Twistars.


Learn more at http://www.TwistarsUSA.com


About John Geddert

John Geddert is the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Head Coach, the 2011 U.S. World Team Head Coach.  He is known as one of the top womens gymnastics coaches for USA Gymnastics for his role in developing numerous Junior Olympic and Elite National Team Members and National Champions. 


John is recognized as a leading expert on women’s gymnastics coaching as an Expert Blogger and owner of TheGymnasticsCoach.com and publisher of Success Videos for Gymnastics Coaches.  He is regularly requested and lectures on the topic at major gymnastics coaching conferences around the world.  He is the author of the forthcoming book “Gymnastics Conditioning Sucks-Proven Conditioning Strategies for Athletes and Coaches That Want to Win.” 


John publishes a regular article in the U.S. Elite Coaches Association publication and is regularly requested for interviews by leading media outlets.


Owner and Head Coach of Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Dimondale (Lansing), MI, Mid-Michigan’s largest and most successful gymnastics club with over 1500 hundred recreational and competitive athletes, John is an award winning coach at the State, Regional, National and Elite Level.  He has volunteered over 25 years as the Junior Olympic Chairperson for Region 5, been instrumental in the development of rules and policies for USA Gymnastics.


Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club

9410 Davis Hwy
Dimondale, Michigan 48821

(517) 322-0360