Gymnastics World of Twinsburg was founded with the principle mission of training excellent gymnastics, encouraging through positive motivation and building the confidence of each individual athlete. All staff members strive to meet the expectations of parents, children and Gymnastics World of Twinsburg.
Co-Owner/Director of Operations/Director of Athletic Dev.
Greg Ganim started in gymnastics when he was born and has been involved in his families gymnastics business since 1999. While earning his bachelor degree at Kent State University, he ran Track and worked at Sea World in Aurora Ohio as a performer. Soon after he toured with the BudLight Daredevils, an acrobatic slam dunk basketball team and then landed in Vienna Austria for a year performing trampoline acts and high dives.
Currently, Greg helps run and manage both Gymnastics World and Cheer World and coaches the Cleveland Cavaliers' C-Town Throwdown, which is their Acro-dunk entertainment team.
Greg's gymnastics coaching accomplishments include multiple regional and national champions, many college bound level athletes and qualifying 2 gymnast to Championships of the USA.
"My greatest accomplishment so far is bringing my boys, Charlie and Blake Ganim, into this world, with my amazing wife Carla"
Co-Owner/Director of Rainbow Programs
Mike Helus began his gymnastics career in the late 60’s as a member of the Brecksville Gymnastics Team. Before joining Ron and Joan Ganim in the creation of Gymnastics World, Mike and the Gamins’ spent most of their summers teaching week long gymnastics clinics with the Kent State coaches. In 1975 he helped build and start the Gymnastics World program. He has trained many gymnasts to the state, regional and national levels.
During his team coaching time he coached some gymnasts you may know Greg, Missy, Kelly and Maggie that coach at Gymnastics World of Twinsburg. Mike has also spent many years teaching recreational and educational gymnastics. He developed the Rainbow Program in the 90s’. The Rainbow Program safely teaches proper progressions and tracks the progress of basic and advanced gymnastics skills.
Mike has been with Gymnastics World for 40 years and is a proud member of Gymnastics World of Twinsburg .
Allyson Ballard has been coaching gymnastics for the past 10 years. She has a wide variety of coaching experience, from preschool aged children all the way up to compulsory and optional level gymnasts. Ally grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and competed as a level 10 gymnast. During her competitive career, Ally qualified for Regional and National competitions. She continued her gymnastics career as a collegiate gymnast at Ball State University. She graduated from Ball State with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development. Ally’s passion for the sport is what motivates her everyday. The thought of being able to teach and share her knowledge with young gymnasts is what keeps her coming into the gym with excitement day after day. To see a gymnast reach her fullest potential and to watch her succeed, and knowing that she have had a part in a young girl’s success, is the sole reason Ally has chosen this career path.
Ally has been married to husband Craig, a Kent State gymnastics coach, for 2 years. They have a young son named Reed.
We’re proud to have Ally’s high-level coaching experience and enthusiasm at Gym World!
Team and Rainbow Instructor
I did gymnastics for a total of 14 years. Growing up I went from gym to gym but then eventually found my home at Gymnastics World Brecksville-Broadview Heights. I competed at the high school level and also club gymnastics. I competed for the Twinsburg High School Varsity Gymnastics Team from 2011-2015. Along with my gymnastics career I was a Twinsburg High School Cheerleader during my freshman year. I was a proud Gym World gymnast from 2010 until I graduated high school in 2015. Once my gymnastics career was over, I wasn’t quite ready to give up athletics, so I became a University of Mount Union cheerleader and cheered all 4 years of my undergrad.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Mount Union in 2019. I studied Criminal Justice with a specification in Law Enforcement. For my full-career I am a Twinsburg Police Officer.
I love to workout, hang out with friends and family, and also when I have the opportunity, love to travel to new places.
Coaching has always been something that I have wanted to do. I love getting to help athletes develop their skills, and reach their full potential. I fell in love with this sport and want to pass that onto other gymnasts as well.
Gym World will always have a special place in my heart. I was a gymnast for Gymnastics World – Brecksville Broadview Heights for a little over 5 years. I had the best coaches in the world too – aka Greg Ganim and Doug Miller!!!!!
Gymnastics World is the best gym ever and I am so blessed that I not only got to be one of their athletes, but now one of their coaches as well.
“Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made. If you can push through the hard days, then you can get through anything.” –Gabby Douglas
Preschool Director/Event Coordinator
A competitive dancer most of her life, Laura went on to major in dance at the University of Akron and graduate with her BFA along with many other dance awards.She continued to study the art while teaching and choreographing for local dance studios and all star cheer squads. While coaching at a children's fitness center, her knowledge of gymnastics grew and she was able to incorporate her love of physical fitness with teaching little ones. Laura currently works as a substitute school teacher while continuing to grow the amazing Gymbee, Ninja and special event programs here at Gym World Twinsburg!
Alecia has been a part of the Gymnastics World family since she was 3 years old. She trained at Gymnastics World Brecksville until she graduated from high school in 2016. She has received many accolades throughout her gymnastics career: 4x Ohio High School State All-around Champion, scored 5 perfect 10.0’s on Vault, 5x JO National Qualifier, Ohio High School Athlete of the Year (2x), Greater Cleveland Athlete of the Year where she was awarded from Jim Brown and Jimmy Haslem and earned a scholarship to compete at the University of Maryland. While at the University of Maryland, she consistently competed in all 4 events and earned a degree in Kinesiology (exercise science). Currently, Alecia is the head coach for all Xcel programs at GWT. Her main goal is to encourage the girls to enjoy their time in the gym, become leaders, and become the best person they can be :)
Team Junior Instructor
Ellie Kneisel has been a competitive gymnast at Gym World Twinsburg for the past 5 years, and has been doing gymnastics for the past 10 years. She is a junior at Twinsburg High School and also competes for her high school gymnastics team. Ellie loves being a role model for the younger girls, and likes to see them progress and learn new skills. She hopes to help the girls she coaches love the sport and have as much fun as much as she does everyday in the gym!
Patrick is a proud parent of 2 gymnasts training on the competitive team program. Athletics and gymnastics has always been a part of his life. He started taking gymnastics classes when he was 4 years old. While his passion for gymnastics was eventually replaced with hockey and water skiing, he recognized the successes he had in those sports could not have happened without the strength, balance and coordination developed at an early age with the help of gymnastics. Patrick became a national level competitor in water skiing as a teenager. He played organized hockey from age 5 through his senior year in high school. While attending The Ohio State University, he spent 4 years as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at a health club. Patrick graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Communication in 1992 and spent the next 20 years in Columbus as a Project Manager producing television and commercial advertising. He is trained and certified in First Aid and CPR for adults and children, gymnastics safety & risk management and is a USAG certified instructor.
Doug has been a friend of the Ganim Family for well over 35 years now. He started coaching when he was 14 at Buckeye High School in Medina, until he graduated from there. Following graduation, he took a short break while attending his first few years of college. When Doug came back to coaching he jumped into the “club” gymnastics on the boy’s side for 8+ years. A wise business owner told Doug he needed to go and learn from other programs around the country, he did just that. Doug spent 3 years in Cincinnati, a year in Texas, and 7 in California. While in Cali he owned his own gym for 7 years producing 5 college scholarships and 2 junior international elites. California relatives moved out and so Doug moved to IGI Gymnastics in Chicago. In 2004 Doug was on the floor at Olympic Trials and then had one athlete make it to the Olympic selection camp. Doug then spent another 8+ years at IGI producing many State, Regional, and National Champions from Level 6-10. Over the course of Doug’s career, he has helped to produce over 50 college scholarships to more than 30 different schools. Beside wanting to help make GWT a state and regionally recognized competition gym, Doug hopes to positively push each athlete, mentally and physically, farther than they think they can go. To get the most out of each athlete for the betterment of themselves.
Katy Okuma has been a competitive gymnast at GWT for the past 5 years. She has been doing gymnastics since she was 8 years old and still has the same love for the sport. Katy is a senior at Twinsburg High School and competes for the high school gymnastics team as well as the softball team and band. Katy has been in national honors society for the past year where shelearned she loved to help people achieve their goals. She loves being a part of such asupportive and welcoming gym. She can’t wait to have fun with the girls so they enjoygymnastics as much as she does!
Rachel Pitcovich is a senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School and National Honor Society member. She is also in the Athletic Health Care and Fitness program at Kent Roosevelt High School. Rachel is still deciding on her plans for a major but she is looking into physical therapy. Rachel did gymnastics for sixteen years. Two of those years she did high school gymnastics and was a State qualifier with Stow. Before competing with Gymnastics World club team she did gymnastics at Little Leapers and Perfect Balance. She spent seven years with Gym World and during that time volunteered as a preschool gymnastics coach. Now she is continuing to be a part of the Gym World family by being an instructor for the Gymbee, Rainbow and League Team program focussing on teaching strong fundamentals and a love for gymnastics!
Rainbow/ Ninja Instructor
Emilee Siebenthal has been a competitive gymnast at Gym World Twinsburg for the past 5 years. She has been competing in gymnastics since she was 5 years old. She is a sophomore at Aurora High School and has consistently been on the honor roll all while training and coaching. She loves working with kids to watch them achieve their goals as they learn. Her goal is to watch the young gymnasts develop the same passion for the sport of gymnastics that she has.
Stacey attended Cuyahoga Community College on a full scholarship for
Volleyball. She earned her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies in 1996.
She works full-time as a Paralegal at the law firm of Reitz, Paul & Shorr
located in Aurora, Ohio. Stacey is married and has four children, Kaitlynn,
Jonathan, Jacob, and Emilee. They are all actively involved in athletics,
which makes her a very busy mom! Emilee is a competitive gymnast as
well as a junior instructor at Gym World Twinsburg and spends many
hours here at the gym.
Stacey enjoys coaching and watching the kids grow both physically and
mentally through the sport of gymnastics. The life lessons gymnastics
teaches young children are something that will never be forgotten!
Kerry has been coaching gymnastics for over 20 years. She competed as a Level 9 gymnast in PA, as well as state and regional competitions. Due to a knee injury, Kerry ended her gymnastics career to pursue other activities.
Kerry attended Edinboro University of PA, where she continued her love of gymnastics by coaching at a nearby Gymnastics Center. She has continued coaching throughout the years.
Kerry has experience coaching many levels, from preschool children to team level. She is currently coaching Rainbow classes and teaches physical education to children in area preschools. She loves working with children in many capacities. Her favorite thing about children is watching them glow when they reach a new goal or accomplishment.
Kerry lives in Hudson with her husband and two children, Anna and Evan. Her daughter is currently a member of the GWT Xcel Team. When outside of the gym, Kerry is a substitute teacher with Hudson City Schools, active in her children's activities and she enjoys traveling when given the chance.