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We have a professional staff. All of our instructors are trained in teaching children and are CPR and First Aid safety certified.

Anna Pearce

Experience: 18 years in the sport of gymnastics with 10 of those years coaching. All-Around state champion in gymnastics, 3 time national champion in competitive cheerleading, NCA All-American college cheerleader. Part of the 2009-2011 Blinn College cheer team. Part of the 2011-2012 Baylor University acrobatic and tumbling team. Part of 2013-2014 IOC5 Cheerleading Worlds team.

A little about myself: I was homeschooled my whole life. I like to run, workout and spend time outside. Hunting and fishing are two of my favorite things to do and I love spending time with my friends and family.

Divine Oeltjen

Experience: I Started competitive cheerleading at age 7. I've won numerous national championship titles with Manning Cheer Cats. Cheered through-out high school. Over 4 years of coaching experience. 1st aid, CPR and Safety certified. Currently Mannings front office administrator.

A little about myself: Born and raised in Inez, TX (outskirts of Victoria). Very outgoing personality. I love the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

Savannah Mendoza

Experience: I've been in the Manning Gym for 19 years. Competed for Manning Cheer Cats and won numerous National Titles. 2 years of coaching experience and 4 years of being a UCA Staff member. 1 year of college cheerleading at Blinn.

A little about myself: I love to tumble. I love being outside in the sun, I love mani/pedis and love to travel. I have a puppy named Truff.

Jamie Manning Payne (Owner/Partner)

Experience: I have been coaching athletes for over 35 years. Numerous state regional and national gymnastics champions in levels 5 through 10 and cheerleading champions levels 1 through 4. Coached for Bela and Martha Karolyi(Olympic Coach) 1984-1989 and also coached for Pat Yeager (U.S. Mens olympic coach) from 1982-1984. NCA All American Cheerleader. Currently coaching the Manning Cheer Cat Competitive Cheerleading Teams.

A little about myself: Married to Jeff Payne. I have 4 grown children and 2 beautiful grandaughters.

Laura Manning (Owner/Partner)

Experience: I've been coaching athletes for over 35 years. Numerous state regional and national gymnastics champions in levels 5 through 10 and cheerleading champions levels 1 through 4. Coached for Bela and Martha Karolyi(Olympic Coach) 1984-1989. Competed and placed 3rd in Nationals at SMU in Dallas, TX. and placed 2nd in Internationals in Los Angeles, CA. Currently coaching the Manning Cheer Cat Competitive Cheerleading Teams.

A little about myself: I have 2 Sons and a precious grandaugther. Love to spend time with my family and be outside.

Chad Ganaway

Coaching Experience: (23 years)

> Tumbled competitively as a child, 11 and 12 years old

> Helped coach tumbling on and off through my high school years 1990-1994

> Coached basic tumbling in a dance studio in Bulverde, TX in 1995

> Started a tumbling and trampoline program and competitive team at Manning Gymnastics in 1997 and continued there until 2002

> In 2002 started South Texas Elite Gymnastics in Cuero TX, was the program director and head coach from 2002 until 2006. In 2006 bought South Texas Elite

> In 2014 rejoined Mannings and started a trampoline and tumbling program

Coaching Credentials:

> USAG Safety Certified

> USAG professional member

> Coached athlete to 1999 World Age Group Games in Sun City, South Africa in which she won 3rd in the world on double mini trampoline

> Coached same athlete to 2001 World Age Group Games in Odense, Denmark in which she won 5th in the world on double mini trampoline.

> Coached many local, regional, and national medallist in power tumbling, trampoline, and double mini trampoline.

> Currently has coached an athlete who has won a National Championship for 15 consecutive years.

A little about myself: I spend most of my time outside of the gym with my daughter Caleigh. I also love NFL Fantasy football! My favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs.

Sylvia and Jim Manning

Experience: Started out teaching dance and tumbling from 1968-1994. We started the gymnastics program in 1980. We have now been at this Manning location since 1997.

A little about myself: We have been married for 61 years and we have lived in Victoria for 59 1/2 years. We enjoy traveling, and creating flower and table arrangements. We have 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Angela Watts

Experience: I started gymnastics at the age of 3. After competing in gymnastics until age 16, I started coaching for Mannings in 1994.

A little about myself:I have 4 children and I'm also a school teacher outside of working at Manning Gymnastics.

Ashton Hohlt

Ashton HohltExperience: I have been in the sport of Gymnastics for 18 years. I started at the age of 3 and finished my career as an elite gymnast under Olympic coach Shawn Townsend and Olympic head coach Kevin Masickah. At the end of my career I was 3rd in the state at level 10 and was ranked 1st in my region. I am currently working on my 3rd year as a gymnastics coach.

A little about myself: I am 22 years old. Gymnastics has been my entire life. Other than gym I’ve aspired to go to medical school in the future.

Beth Burleson

Chelsie NewbernExperience: I competed in gymnastics for over 12 years, ending my career as a level 9. I coached pre-school and pre-team level gymnastics in West Virginia. I am also a certified personal trainer through the American College of sports medicine for training clients in West Virginia and Miami.

A little about myself: I was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. I attended Texas State University and graduated with a degree in exercise and sports science and recreation. I moved to West Virginia with my boyfriend for his residency. His career has taken us to Miami and now to our forever home in Victoria, Texas. I am so excited to be a part of Manning Gymnastics. I am available through our front office for any questions you may have.

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