Kim’s Gym at Champions Academy was started by Kim Laudenheimer Lindauer in March of 2002 based on the idea that all children, no matter what skill level, should have an opportunity to excel in gymnastics without having to give up their childhood. She prides herself on creating a fun, upbeat, safe environment which in turn helps the kids improve and succeed.
Champions Academy – Kim’s Gym is an independently owned company that leases space from the Jewish Community Association of Austin.
Kim’s Gym is a welcoming program where fun and fitness combine to create an upbeat environment. Our atmosphere is safe, familial, and always filled with positivity. We use energy and teamwork to achieve goals while building self-esteem and making lasting friendships. The combination of our teaching methods and non-competitive philosophy instill confidence in a child that carries into every aspect of their life.
Champions Academy – Kim’s Gym prides itself on finding the best coaches around. Each of our coaches is trained in teaching gymnastics and understands the importance of patience, an upbeat attitude, and constant enthusiasm. They not only teach the kids gymnastics or cheerleading, but they have fun with the kids…isn’t that what it is all about?
Owner and Director
Hi Everyone! My name is Kim Laudenheimer Lindauer and I am the owner and director of Champions Academy – Kim’s Gym. I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas in 1998, and never left this city. I am married to Jared Lindauer, and together, we have two sons, Miles who was born in October of 2010, and Ari who was born in March of 2013. I began gymnastics when I was three years old. I started to compete in the 3rd grade and continued to do so through level 8 and my 9th grade year. In High School, I was involved in cheerleading and was a member of our dance team. At UT, I studied Corporate Communications with a minor in Business. My sophomore year, I began coaching gymnastics at Champions Academy at WAYA, and in 2002, after completion of college, I began Champions Academy – Kim’s Gym inside the JCC, and have never looked back. I love this sport, I love children, and I love my job. I believe that recreational gymnastics is key in shaping a child’s future. It provides self confidence, a healthy view of staying in shape, constant positive reinforcement, and is just plain fun. I continue to attend gymnastics conferences, am a member of the Gymnastics Association of Texas, and am safety certified by USA Gymnastics. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Dream Street, a sleep away camp in Utica, Mississippi for children with physical disabilities.
If I haven’t met you yet, please be sure that you introduce yourself. I love to being able to match up all of our wonderful students with their parents. Thank you again for sharing your amazing children with us. Read More
Hi Everyone! I’m Sandy Oughton and this will be my fourth year coaching at Champions Academy – Kim’s Gym. I’m from Spanish Fork, Utah and I graduated from Utah State University in Secondary Education for Health and PE. In high school, I was a member of the school’s competitive dance team and then was on my college’s competitive cheer squad for 2 years. Also, during my college years, I managed and coached my own tumbling program for 5 years where I taught beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of tumbling for kids ages 3 to 13. I moved to Austin in the fall of 2009 with my husband who is working on his Ph.D. at the University of Texas. I love working with kids and helping them grow and have fun at Champions.
Hey everyone! My name is Rachel Butler and I have been coaching at Champions for 3 years now. I am from Atlanta, Texas and a recent graduate from the University of Texas. I participated in gymnastics as a child and cheered competitively through high school. I am so happy to have a job that allows me to spend so much time in the gym. I love working with children and Champions gives me the opportunity to do this in a really fun environment. I really enjoy what I do and feel very passionate about the positive influence that recreational gymnastics can have on a child’s life! At Kim’s Gym I get to help make sure that every child that comes in gets to feel like a Champion!
Hello Everyone! My name is Morgan Davis and I am currently a junior in college pursuing my major in Sonography. I just recently started working at Kim’s gym and couldn’t be happier! When I was younger I participated in gymnastics, as I got older I began competing in competitive cheer. I am super excited to be able to work with children and share my love for gymnastics and cheer. I look forward to an amazing year and lasting memories here at Champions Academy! Awarded Coach of the Month February 2014.
Hi Everyone! My name is Ella and I am so happy to be a new part of the Kim’s Gym team. I am from Eugene, Oregon originally, but moved to Austin a year and a half ago to begin graduate school at UT in sports administration. I graduated last December and am so lucky to be able to continue living in this wonderful city. I started gymnastics when I was 4 and competed through level 7 at a gym in Oregon. I was so fortunate to get my athletic start in gymnastics where I gained skills in teamwork, competitiveness, and discipline that I now apply in my daily life. I love gymnastics because it is a continuous support system and so many skills in gymnastics will make you stronger in other sports as well! I have a background in coaching both gymnastics and volleyball and can’t wait to see all of the progress we make this year!
My name is Kate Grier, and I am happy to say that this will be my second year at Kim’s Gym. Though I work fulltime as a leasing consultant and freelance writer, I’m so in love with coaching gymnastics that I try to stay involved with the gym as much as possible. When I was 5 years old, I started taking gymnastics lessons in a little gym out in Leander, Texas, and from that moment, I was hooked. The determination, self-discipline, and strength, I developed those ten years I was involved in competitive gymnastics translated into so many other avenues of my life that without it, I feel my life would have been incomplete. Whether it has been competitive cheerleading, yoga, or fire spinning (a new skill I recently acquired), the skills I learned from gymnastics have helped me go after any passion with tenacity and strength. I feel very blessed to coach the future gymnasts and leaders of tomorrow and give them the same opportunities I had as a child.
Hi! My name is Shelby Mata and I am currently a junior at the University of Texas majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Psychology. I graduated from Katy High School in Katy, Texas. I was in gymnastics for five years, took tumbling, and was a cheerleader all through junior and high school. I am so thrilled to be back in the gym getting to help kids enjoy gymnastics as much as I did. I am the oldest of twelve cousins so I love being around kids and can’t wait to see what is in store for this year!
Hi everyone! My name is Courtney McKeever and I am an early childhood education major at the University of Texas. I started gymnastics at a young age and switched to competitive cheerleading in 4th grade. I then cheered competitively through the end of high school. I was named cheer captain in 8th grade and senior year. I have two years of coaching experience at Sugar Land Gymnastics. I have been with Kims Gym since I moved to Austin in January and it has been so rewarding! I love working with children and I am so excited for the opportunity to work with your kids!
My name is Emily Mitis and I’m a broadcast journalism student at The University of Texas. I grew up in Kilgore, TX, where I first started competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. These sports were central to my life growing up, and I feel so lucky getting the opportunity to share them with others. I started working at Kim’s Gym in the summer of 2010, and I have loved every minute in the gym. I can’t wait for every new semester to start, and I look forward to getting to know your kids! Awarded Coach of the Month November 2013.
Hi everyone! My name is Mercedes Olderbak and I am freshman at The University of Texas, and majoring in Government. Ive only been coaching at Kim’s Gym since last fall but I’ve loved every minute of it since! I started gymnastics and dance in early middle school and then moved on to competitive cheerleading in high school. I grew up with five younger siblings that are now ages 5-10 so I love being around younger kids and working with them! I’m so happy that I have the opportunity to coach here and I look forward to getting to know your kids!
Hi, I’m Whitney Swedlow, and I’m thrilled to be joining the Kim’s Gym family after my recent move to Austin from Tallahassee, FL. I have been involved in gymnastics since I first learned to walk. When I was six, my parents opened a gymnastics school in my hometown of Ft. Myers, FL. I was a member of the competitive team until I was 12 years old, competing through level 7. In high school I did competitive dance and varsity cheerleading, all while working part time as a coach at the gym. I’ve coached gymnastics as often as possible over the last 15 years, and I am more at home in a gym than anywhere else. I’m truly grateful for all of the wonderful things I learned through gymnastics; from focus, strength and muscle control, to the importance of team building and a positive attitude. I can’t wait to work with you and your children this year and I hope to inspire them to develop a lifelong love for this wonderful sport!
Hello Everyone! My name is Jess Szanto and this is my first year at Champions. I’ve loved every minute since I walked through the doors. I have been involved in Gymnastics and Cheerleading for 22 years and it has never left my heart! I competed for USAG up to level 8 and cheered competitively through Level 6 Open and an NCAA cheerleader, University of North Florida. I love working with kids and sharing all of my experience with them! I am also currently USAG Instructor certified and Safety Certified. Awarded Coach of the Month March 2013.
Hi! My name is Bronwyn. I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana but I’ve lived in Texas for the past 8 years and I’m proud to call both places home. I am currently in my third year at the University of Texas and couldn’t be happier. I’ve competed in gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, cheerleading and diving throughout elementary, middle, and high school and I also regularly practice yoga. This will be my first year at Champions and I am beyond excited. Growing up, the gym was a second home to me, and my teammates and coach a second family. I hope to bring that caring and supportive attitude to Champions Academy and can’t wait to experience the joy and confidence that comes with growth. So bring on the big smiles and pointed toes! I think this is going to be a great year.
Hi everyone! My name is Jenna Windham and I am currently a Human Relations major at The University of Texas. I have been at Kim’s Gym since spring of 2012 and I have loved coaching here and interacting with all of the children. I started gymnastics at the age of four but I began to shift more towards competitive cheerleading. I have been coaching cheerleading and gymnastics for five years and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I am so glad that I am able to combine my love for coaching and my love of kids here at Champions!
What does my child wear?
Your registration fee covers a leotard for the girls and a t-shirt and shorts for the boys. We strongly encourage you to have your child wear their uniform to class. If they do not wish to, they can wear a t-shirt with gym shorts. We do not wear shoes and hair needs to be pulled back in a ponytail.
What time do we need to arrive?
You are welcome to arrive at any point, but your children will not be allowed on the equipment until his/her coach calls their class to the floor.
What does the registration fee cover?
The $65 class registration fee covers the uniform, a t-shirt, insurance, hand-outs, and an end of the year award.
The $130 team fee covers the uniform, a t-shirt, insurance, hand-outs, professional photos, an end of the year scrapbook, a trophy, and all performance costs.
What if my child grows out of his/her uniform?
We try very hard to fit the kids at the beginning of the year so that there is space to grow. If your child grows out of the uniform that we fit him/her in, you will need to purchase a new one. You can do this in the gym.
How do I schedule a make-up class?
If your child misses a class and would like to do a make-up, you can either speak with Kim or Sandy in the gym during your child’s class, or you can email Info@KimsGym.com to schedule. We will let you know what days/times are available and try our hardest to find something that fits with your schedule. We ask that you only do one make up per month.
How can I help my child at home?
We strongly encourage our students to practice at home, so please remind them. They can practice handstands and cartwheels in the grass where it is soft. When your child starts learning more difficult skills, feel free to ask one of the coaches to show you how to help your child. We can give you pointers on how to spot and what to look for.
Do the coaches babysit?
Yes! Just ask them or be on the lookout for our babysitting list. We email them out each semester.
Can my child’s friend/relative come for just one class?
Unfortunately, if you have a friend in town, they cannot come to just one class. This interrupts our flow, and is very disruptive to the group. If however, you have a friend who may want to join our program, feel free to give them our information and they can come and try a class.
Do you pro-rate?
YES! If you become interested in one of our classes after the semester begins, we will just pro-rate the cost and you will only owe for the classes that you are going to take.
Can I stay and watch my child’s class?
Absolutely! We love it when parents are there. We do ask that you encourage your child to stay with his/her coach and just wave to you if they need a little love. We will take them to the bathroom and to get water during the class, so that you can just sit and watch.
When is Parent Watch Day?
We typically hold Parent Watch Day on the second to last week of class. However, be on the lookout for emails and hand-outs from us for the exact dates.
What if I am not a member of the JCC?
No big deal. You can still join our class and pay the non-member rate. You will need to get a temporary pass from us to show to the security guard at the gate and to the staff person at the Welcome Desk. You will need a new one of these each semester, and they only work on days that your child is registered for class.