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Our Director 

Joan's Olympic Gym was founded in 1983 by Joan Sullivan McDonough. Joan has had numerous accomplishments in the fields of Gymnastics and Dance. Throughout her career, which spans across more than 50 years, Joan has achieved the highest of awards and distinctions in the field of gymnastics and dance:

  • 1975 State-Wide All-Around Individual Gymnastics Champion and New England Champion (her most cherished award!)

  • Former NFL New England Patriots Cheerleader

  • Former Braintree High School Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team Captain

  • State Champion, Braintree High School Gymnastics Team

  • Member of the University of Massachusetts Gymnastics Team

  • Bay State Gymnastics Champion

  • New England Gymnastics Champion

  • And more!

Presently, Joan is a professional member of the United States Gymnastics Federation and is currently the Head Coach of the Varsity Gymnastics Team at Thayer Academy. She was inducted into the Braintree High School Athletic Hall of Fame on April 26,1997 as an Individual Gymnastics Champion and as a Captain of her ’75 Gymnastics Team in 2001.

Through her instruction Joan provides the insight and seemingly-effortless style which marks the form and intellect of a winner in her field.

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We love you Ms. Fran!!


Our Facilities 

Conveniently located in Braintree, just outside of Weymouth Landing, our 4,000 square foot gym and dance studio is fully equipped with all the equipment needed to make sure your child has a fun and safe learning experience! All of our hardworking staff members are hand-chosen experts in their fields; CPR and First-Aid certified, and fully trained – individually – by owner Joan Sullivan McDonough. Our equipment includes:​

  • Uneven bars

  • Portable tumble track

  • Vaulting table

  • Foam vaulting block

  • Spring boards

  • High and low beams

  • Ballet Barre

  • ​Climbing rope

  • Pommel Horse

  • Rings

  • Floor mats

  • Landing blocks and crash mats

  • Training aids and foam blocks

  • Locker and waiting rooms

Our Teaching Philosophy 

All programs at Joan's Olympic Gym are designed to build your child's self confidence, reduce fear, and develop physically at an yearly age, while having  fun  at the same time.

Our programs promote success in any sport and physical activity throughout a child's development. Our programs are designed to build an athlete’s self-confidence, reduce fear, and develop their strength, balance, and flexibility at an early age.

From tiny tots to elite competitive athletes, we have the knowledge, training, facilities, and experience to train children to become champions. We provide an excellent, educational environment for children ages 2 to teen, and we invite you to experience the difference our professional quality can make.

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