In 1985, Tony and Paula Gehman began their ownership with North Stars, and overtime, developed the business into the prestigious legacy it is today. Now, after 35 years of running gymnastics events and teaching gymnastics to children of all ages, Paula Gehman will enter her retirement this July.
At just three years old, Paula Gehman began doing acrobatics and ballet, but it was in high school when she started her career as a gymnast. She was tumbling at an open gym at Montgomery County College in Maryland when Margie and Gregg Weiss, owners of MG Gymnastics club during that time, saw Gehman’s impressive skills and asked her to be part of their new gymnastics team. Gehman continued her gymnastics career at Towson University, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Speech
Pathology. After college, Gehman was offered a position working at the International Gymnastics Camp (IGC), one of the largest gymnastics-only summer camps in the country. There she met her husband and they unanimously decided to move to New Jersey to establish ownership of North Stars.
Over the course of her career at North Stars, Gehman has had a great deal of success. Gehman received her Brevet (international) Judges rating in 1991 and has coached nationally, as well as internationally, for numerous decades. Gehman introduced many young athletes to the sport of gymnastics through the North Stars recreational class program, several of whom went on to compete on an elite level and even became members of the U.S. National Team. On top of that, she has traveled across the state, region and nation to lecture on her gymnastics expertise.
With her career concluding, Gehman explained that she is most proud of the impact her coaching has had on many of the gymnasts’ lives. “It really means a lot when former gymnasts who have went on to college or began their careers pay a visit back to North Stars,” she said. “It shows me that our program has successfully touched their hearts and made a difference in their lives.”
Gehman will continue sharing her knowledge with others through occasional gymnastics clinics within the Coaches Development Program at IGC. Aside from gymnastics-related activities, Gehman plans to spend her retirement traveling, doing projects around the house and catching up with old friends.
“I will miss many things about North Stars,” Gehman explained, “but what I will miss the most is being a part of the athletes’ day-to-day accomplishments in the gym.”
Advice that Gehman hopes the gymnasts at North Stars will continue to apply to their sport, as well as, their lives is “you will only get somewhere from hard work. Don’t expect anyone to give you anything. If you want it, work for it.”