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Gold Medal Gyms

Birthday Parties

Make your child’s birthday wish come true with a great party at Gold Medal Gyms. We have everything you need for a fun, stress-free birthday party. Our trained instructors will host a party for your child that emphasizes both fitness and FUN!

Our instructors will help you set up for the party. The children will spend 1 hour and 15 minutes in our gym and participate in structured activities that will introduce them to Gymnastic events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise, rings and parallel bars).

In addition, your party will have 45 minutes of “free time” outside of the gym, with our instructors assisting you with cake, ice-cream, treats and gift opening. Don’t worry about clean-up! We will take care of that for you. Children do NOT need to be registered for classes at Gold Medal Gyms to have their birthday party at the gym. Our birthday parties are open to all children!

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Staff Member

 ” Laurel Ryherd ”

Director of the Recreation Program .

Laurel began gymnastics at age 4, and was Illinois state champion in bars, beam, vault and all-around for level 4.  She switched to trampoline and tumbling and was state champion, national champion and a member of the AAU 2011-2012 National Trampoline and Tumbling team.  She began coaching gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling at the YMCA in Champaign, Illinois in 2009 and eventually became the head coach of the Trampoline and Tumbling Team. In 2012, Laurel was offered a position to develop the preschool and tumbling program at a new gym in Champaign, IL and was there until she left to finish college. In 2015 Laurel moved to the Springfield area and began teaching at Gold Medal Gyms.



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Staff Member

“Coach Cash McGowan”

Head Team Coach

Cash started coaching gymnastics in 1997 while cheering at SMSU West Plains. In 1999 Cash started coaching competitively. Cash started the Team Program at Gold Medal Gymnastics in 2004 and created a great competitive Team Program, so well that a company in New York offered him a job. In 2013 Cash and his family moved to Long Island, New York where they helped to get a new gym started, and had a very successful JO Team program. Cash and his family have been back at Gold Medal Gyms since June 2015. In his first year back Cash led his Team Program to multiple state and regional champions, as well as a level 10 National champion.


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Staff Member

“Sara McGowan”

Assistance Head Coach

Sara has been Coaching team and pre-school at Gold Medal Gymnastics since 2005. After moving to Long Island, New York with her family in 2013, where she helped to revamp the pre-school program there. In 2014 Sara was instrumental in getting another pre-school program started in Garden City on Long Island, New York while working alongside her husband starting a very successful JO Team program. In 2015 Sara and her family moved back to Gold Medal Gyms and Sara couldn’t be happier to be home where it all started.


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  • My daughter has been attending Gold Medal since July 2013. As an instructor myself, I can see that careful planning and consideration goes into class structure and placement. As Addie’s mom, I am so pleased with the attention and instruction she is given each week. Mr. Paul makes Addie feel loved and special. I can’t say enough kind things about Gold Medal!

    Cari Swadley
  • We had our son’s birthday party here today and had such a great time. The staff was so helpful and made sure the kids were enjoying themselves.

    Mandy Hanson
  • Great facilities, great coaching, great atmosphere!

    Matthew Andrews
  • This place has been amazing for our 4 yr old daughter she’s only been enrolled a few months and this being her first experience with gymnastics, but u can already tell she’s learned a lot and she enjoys it.

    Michele Lee J.
  • This place is amazing!! I have been here for almost 8 years!!! And I will never leave!

    Hannah L.
Gold Medal Gyms

It is our belief that your child is taking part in the greatest physical activities in the world. Regardless of the sport, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, or Tumbling, all of these are highly comprehensive that requires the athlete to move their body through every plane imaginable. Once the athlete gains a foundation of movement they will be prepared to take on virtually any sport they choose. Whether your athlete is here for general fitness, to cross-train, or with the goals of stepping into the competitive arena, it is our commitment to create an experience that is fun and inspiring.