About IRGA


IRON RAIL GYM (Wenham)

Located at:

91 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA 01984

 

History:

Iron Rail Gymnastics Academy was established in 1985 to provide the children from the surrounding communities with a quality gymnastics training program. Our school places great emphasis on safety and having fun. All of our instructors are safety certified by the U.S.A.G. , (The governing body for all of gymnastics in the United States). The goal of our program is to help all the students achieve their potential and to have fun. We offer our students the opportunity to participate on a recreational level as well as a team level. Our team level gymnasts participate at the local regional and national levels of competition. We have gymnastics teams for both boys and girls. Additionally, we have a martial arts program and we offer gymnastics birthday parties. The gym is a registered club with the USAG, AAU and USAIGC.


Directors / Head Coaches:

Christian Way: B.A., M.Ed. Graduate of the University of Mass (Boston State College); United States Marine Corps - E5 (Sergeant)- Honorable Discharge 1983. Certificate of study from Lenin Central Institute of Sports (Gymnastics training course), Moscow, Russia; . Former Collegiate New England Team Champion and NCAA nationally ranked competitor. Mr. Way is a Nationally safety certified coach by the USAG Safety Certification board. He holds PDP levels 1 & 2 and Junior Olympic Skill Evaluator certifications from the USAG and is a nationally certified Trampoline and Tumbling coach. Additionally, Mr. Way holds black belt rankings in two different Okinawan styles of karate and has been involved in the martial arts for over twenty years.

Richard Healey: B.S.B.A. Graduate of the University of Mass (Amherst); Captain U.Mass Men's Gymnastics Team, former New England Team Champion; Former Head Coach Cape Cod Gymnastics; Mr. Healey is a Nationally safety certified coach by the USAG Safety Certification board. He holds PDP level 1 and Junior Olympic Skill Evaluator certifications from the USAG and is a nationally certified Trampoline and Tumbling coach.

Additional Staff Includes:

Erin Heckman: B.B.A., Graduate of Salem State College. Erin is a Nationally safety certified coach by the USAG. Erin is a former USAG and AAU Competitor and currently serves as the gyms head choreographer and Balance Beam coach.

Helen Bess: Graduate of Gordon College. Helen is a nationally safety certified coach by the USAG. She is a former USAG competitor. Helen is also the Head Coach of the Gloucester High school Gymnastics Team.

Cullen Newby: Cullen is a nationally safety certified coach by the USAG. He coaches Team as well as his passions of tumbling, tricking, trampoline and parkour.

Ed Harding: A.S., Graduate of North Shore Community College Mr. Harding is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. He is the Head Instructor of our Martial Arts Program. He holds a second degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorei Ryu.

Karl DaBritz: Karl is head coach of our Boys Team. He has coached gymnasts at the regional and national level for many years, and has taken some of his students to training camps at theOlympic Training Center.