Laura Dykema- Team Director-
I have been coaching at GymQuest since it's doors opened in Romeoville in 2003. I have coached all levels from Parent/Tot to competitive team, and I can honestly say that I get just as excited about a toddler jumping on two feet or remembering the moves to their goodbye song at the end of class, as I do about a competitive team girl getting a major skill. I just love working with kids of all ages!
I am just as passionate about teaching non gymnastics skills that will last a lifetime. Learning to be a teammate, accepting failures graciously, properly celebrating victories, being respectful, understanding that with hard work comes success, and more is just as important in my mind.
I have made great friends through this sport and have been touched by so many of the families I have coached. My love for the sport of gymnastics began when I was a gymnast with the Chicago Park District, and becoming a coach of the sport that I love was a dream! My goal is always to nurture that same love of this sport for every child I coach. Seeing kids succeed is my favorite part!
I was an elite level gymnast, and received a full ride scholarship to Boise State University. I graduated with a BA in Social Science Public Affairs. I've been coaching for 20 years, with experience in coaching preschool through level 10.
I have 4 daughters, ages 20, 17, 15, and 13. I'm excited to be a part of the GymQuest AAU program and I'm looking forward to a successful seaon!