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About


Owner Michele Rakestraw has been a part of this amazing sport called gymnastics for 27 years. She was a competitive gymnast herself and has been coaching for 18 years. Aspire Gymnastics Club was created out of her love for the sport of gymnastics as well as for the joy of teaching children.

Aspire Gymnastics Club believes that every child should be afforded the opportunity to participate in gymnastics and receive its benefits!

Not every child will be a competitive gymnast; however, every child can benefit from participating in gymnastics training.  Gymnastics is the foundation of all sports because of its physical, cognitive, emotional, and social benefits.  The skills, discipline, body awareness and self-esteem learned in gymnastics will enhance any activity a child may choose to participate in later in life.  We want to help each individual child aspire to reach their goals and full potential in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.

Meet the Staff

Michele Rakestraw

Owner, Head Coach

Michele has been in the sport of gymnastics for nearly 28 years; first as a competitive gymnast and then as a team/rec coach for last 18 years and enjoys using her experience and education in Exercise Science and the Physical Therapy field to help others achieve their goals.  She is blessed to be able to share her love of gymnastics with children and help them improve their confidence and self-esteem while being active in the sport of gymnastics.

Sue Peterson

Team & Recreational Coach

Sue has 35 years of competitive and recreational experience as gym owner, rec coach, team coach and high school gymnastics coach. 
"My time as a gymnastics coach as been both enriching and rewarding. Gymnastics is a fantastic sport that teaches patience, perseverance, self confidence and goal setting. Watching a child develop through the progressions of gymnastics and reach their goals, whether it is a new skill in class or to achieve a team goal, is the most rewarding part of being a coach! 

Tara Murren

Recreational Coach

Tara has 5 years of recreational gymnastics coaching and 9 years in a studio atmosphere. Her positive energy is contagious in all of her classes!
"I am extremely excited to get back into a great gym! I can't wait to see the excitement and love for this sport, and help create that "spark"! I look forward to this new journey!"