Recreational Gymnastics Staff
Wendi Sullivan - Team, Recreational and Preschool Coach.
JULIA CARVER - 2015 - 2016 and 2017
In response to my request, Julia wrote this regarding her work at Huff 'n Puff and I left it in the first person.
Hello!!!!! My name is Julia Carver and I have just joined the Jax gymnastics/Huff n Puff crew. I am 35 years old and I was born and raised in North Little Rock Arkansas. I started ballet, tap and jazz at the age of three, then decided that I wanted to be a gymnast at age eight. I started gymnastics classes at the NLR Community Center and quickly started competing Level Four at the age of Nine. Eventually, at the age of 14, I decided to move to Kidsports in Benton, AR., being coached by Holly Crocket. Unfortunately, at my Level Nine State meet in Conway, AR. I tore my ACL on my FIRST warm-up event, doing my dismount on uneven bars. This ended my career as a gymnast, as I was very upset, due to me craving a college scholarship in the sport. I didn’t coach for years, until I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2010. I coached for five years at two different gymnastic clubs, prior to moving back to my home state approximately six months ago. I adore and know the sport of gymnastics very well; and take it very seriously as well.. My forte is the recreational level and I thoroughly enjoy coaching the younger females! It’s so wonderful to be back here in AR. with people I know and have been affiliated with in the sport with for years! Girls and boys…….WORK HARD AND KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IN ALL OF LIFE—NOT JUST WHEN YOU’RE DOING GYMNASTICS!!!
Stay Hydrated! (Julia is teaching several pre-school classes as well as recreational, etc) Julia forgot to mention that she also has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Also Julia got certified in Ninja Zone and began teaching classes to younger boys in mid-September, 2016. These classes are a huge success and Julia is thoroughly enjoying teaching the boys as well as girls in her other classes.
WENDI SULLIVAN - 2016 - 2017
Wendi started coaching at Huff 'n Puff in 2011. She has been teaching gymnastics and fitness classes for over 18 years. She has an associate degree in exercise science and personal fitness training. She has two daughters who are also involved in the gymnastics program. Wendi coaches preschool classes and recreational gymnastics, as well as advanced preschool (preteam for Jax Gym). She also coaches Preteam and Level Two Jax Gym competitive gymnasts.
Ms. Melanie joined our staff as a preschool instructor in June, 2016 - she instrucsts most of the preschoolers during the evening hours during the week. Her daughter Sydney has been a team gymnast on Jax Gym for eight years, competing this year at Level Seven. We are so happy to have Melanie be a member of our staff. She has been at the gym for so many years and she and Sydney feel like it is their second home. Ms. Melanie has three children, Sydney, age twelve, another 12-year old and a fifteen-year old. She has an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts and has lots of experience with preschoolers as she is also a teacher at Wee Care Preschool in Cabot.