CK Business Spotlight: Chatham Gymnastics

Our CK Business Spotlight features outstanding local businesses who have made a positive impact on our community! Let us know if you would like to be featured in one of our future issues…

Our choice for this issue’s ‘Spotlight’ business is Shay Ireland of Chatham Gymnastics Centre. After spending over 20 years coaching in other gymnastics facilities, she felt it was time to allow her abilities, strengths and love for the sport shine.

Her passion for children and the sport of gymnastics is apparent when she coaches. Miss Shay’s bubbly personality and her understanding of parents’ passion for their children will make Chatham Gymnastics Centre flourish in the Chatham-Kent community!

This past September, Shay officially opened her brand new 8800 square foot facility which is located at 20 Currie Street in Chatham. When asked why she decided to take the plunge and open her own space, she tells us, ‘To follow my dreams! And to allow children to have the same passion I have had for over 30 years.’ Gymnastics has been a part of her life since she can remember- 15 as a competitive gymnast and 22 yrs as a coach of all ages ranging from babies to provincial champions. Chatham Gymnastics is completely family oriented – her husband and 4 children are always making appearance at the gym. Their coaches are also like family. They are experienced and professional and have the same infectious passion for gymnastics as Shay.

What types of programs are offered at this new facility? Something for all ages from little ones who are just crawling to teens (no experience necessary) to competitive gymnasts. Classes include Baby and Me classes, Recreational classes, Pre-competitive Boys and Girls, Family Open Gym and Superkids Preschool Open Gym, trampoline and private lessons! They even have space set aside for birthday parties and class field trips. COMING in January they will also be offering FITNASTICS, and CHEERGYM and are planning an expansion in January 2015.

So what can you expect from this new and fabulous resource for our community? Shay tells us that ‘Chatham Gymnastics Centre will be a FUN and positive atmosphere that will aid in the growth of our community’s children.’

For more information please visit her website at or stop into their NEW location at 20 Currie Street in Chatham. You can also reach them at 519-354-9722. Find them on FACEBOOK and follow them on TWITTER.

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