Lamberson Elite Athletics opens on Square
Lifelong gymnast Victoria Lamberson is bringing her passion for the sport to the east side of Holton’s Town Square with the opening of her gym, Lamberson Elite Athletics.
Opened last Monday, the 2,100-square foot gym is located at 410 ½ Pennsylvania Ave., above NAPA Auto Parts, which is owned by her father-in-law, Bob Lamberson.
A native of Georgia, Victoria was first introduced to gymnastics when she was three.
“My mom said I was walking on the back of the couches and doing flips,” she said. “Gymnastics is just something I grew up doing and have developed a passion for.”
Victoria competed throughout Georgia and the region and reached “level 10” in her training, which is the highest level for a gymnast.
“I also had some elite level training, which is Olympic level gymnastics,” she said.
She began coaching gymnastics seven years ago.
“With gymnastics, you have to push yourself,” she said. “You have to work for it, and you have to put forth the effort. I love that it has taught me life lessons like being respectful, responsible and disciplined. Those are the things I try to instill in all of my kids in the programs.”
Victoria married Kipp Lamberson, a Netawaka native, in August 2013, and the newlyweds moved from Georgia to Netawaka a year ago. Kipp operates his own concrete company, Lamberson Construction.
At the start of the summer, the couple began renovating the upstairs of NAPA Auto Parts so Victoria could open her own coaching business. The gym opened last week with 120 students, ranging in age from toddlers to high school students, with three instructors, including Victoria.
The evening classes run Monday through Friday and include beginner, intermediate and pre-team gymnastics. She also offers a parent and tot class and a kinder gym for younger students.
She also offers a more non-traditional gymnastic class called urban gymnastics, which includes moving rapidly through obstacles by running, jumping and climbing. A tumbling class is offered for cheerleaders to improve their tumbling skills.
“All of my classes are full, but we have a waitlist, and when we have enough students that are interested in the same class, we’ll get them in,” she said. “Or if someone drops a class, we can get them in. I’m really humbled that the community has been so supportive. I couldn’t have asked for a better response.”
She is also forming a gynmastics team that will travel and compete across the state.
“On Wednesday, we’re starting a mom and me class for open, supervised play in the gym,” Victoria said, noting it runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The gym is also available to rent for birthday parties. The rental fee will include two hours in the gym with an instructor. There’s also an area to serve cake and open gifts.
For more information about classes or renting the gym, call 785-364-2605 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.