Gymnastics - Varsity Girls
Season Recap | 2019-2020:
Thayer Gymnastics had a great season! Our goal was to reach over 100 points and we exceeded our goal each meet! The team was led by Senior Captains Alanna Curtis, Aimee Matos, and Eva Rando. This year our team was made up of over 20 student athletes. We are continuing to grow as a program, with a lot of young talent to watch for in the future. Most of all the team had fun!
Team MVP: Payton Van Meter '23
Coaches Award: Alanna Curtis '20, Aimee Matos '20, Eva Rando '20
About the Program:
The Thayer Academy Gymnastics Program is coached by Joan McDonough, who began coaching at Thayer in the Winter of 2000. Joan McDonough is the Director of Joan's Olympic Gym, Gymnastics and Dance School est. in 1983, located in Braintree, MA.
The program consists of novice to elite gymnasts, focusing on the development of each individual athlete and their contribution to the overall team's success.
In preparation for the team's competitions, athletes and coaches work hard to prepare and choreograph each individual's routines.
The focus of the program is to teach the student-athlete proper techniques, team work, goal-setting, sportsmanship, and the life lessons the sport of gymnastics offers.
|Isabella Bodio||2021||Ashland, MA|
|Kylie Bogar||2023||Medfield, MA|
|Abigail Broderick||2022||Milton, MA|
|Madeleine Broderick||2020||Milton, MA|
|Rose Cairo||2025||Westwood, MA|
|Alanna Curtis||2020||Boston, MA|
|Tess DiGregorio||2023||Scituate, MA|
|Caroline Driscoll||2023||Milton, MA|
|Riley Joyce||2023||South Boston, MA|
|Aimee Matos||2020||Holbrook, MA|
|Haley Miller||2023||Pembroke, MA|
|Shea O'Neill||2023||West Bridgewater, MA|
|Kate Pulgini||2021||Milton, MA|
|Eva Rando||2020||Holbrook, MA|
|Ashley Roycroft||2022||Marshfield, MA|
|Riley Roycroft||2025||Marshfield, MA|
|Sadie Smith||2024||Needham, MA|
|Payton Van Meter||2023||Medfield, MA|
|Caroline Williams||2021||Cohasset, MA|
Joan McDonoughHead Coach
Joan McDonough has had numerous accomplishments in the field of Gymnastics and Dance. Throughout her career – spanning across more than 38 years - Joan has achieved the highest of awards and distinctions in the field of gymnastics and dance including
- Former Braintree High School Girls Varsity Gymnastics Team Captain
- State Champion, Braintree High School Gymnastics Team
- State-Wide All-Around Individual Gymnastics Champion
- Member of the University of Massachusetts Gymnastics Team
- Bay State Gymnastics Champion
- New England Gymnastics Champion
- Former NFL New England Patriots Cheerleader
Presently, Joan is a professional member of the United States Gymnastics Federation. 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.