Wendy Bruce Martin was a member of the 1992 Olympics where the USA team won bronze medals in Barcelona, Spain. She was a 5 time national team member and a 1989 World team member in which her team placed fourth in Stuttgart, Germany.
Wendy has been involved in gymnastics for 36 years and coaching for 22 years. She was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2010, the Broward County, FL Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 as well as a 2008 Region 8 Gymnastics Hall of Fame.
In Addition to her athletic achievements, Wendy pursued and received a degree in Psychology and became a CMGC (certified mental game coach) where she now coaches athletes of all ages on mental toughness for a competitive edge. Wendy is married and a mom to 2 daughters who participate in cheer and resides in Florida. You can visit her website at psyched4sports.com and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi Brichta-Coyne is an Author, Speaker and Certified Lifestyle and Small Business coach for women and momprenuers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to achieve work/life balance while reaching their business and financial goals so they can create more time to enjoy with their family, feel great, have more energy to live with passion again. In addition, she is the Author of the best seller “Are you still there God? It’s me, Jodi.”) http://amzn.com/B00JJEMN76 She is married and a mom to two children, Boy who participates in Taekwondo and a Girl who loves gymnastics. She can be found at www.jodibcoynecoaching.com
Wendy and Jodi first started talking when Jodi’s daughter was struggling with competing. Jodi couldn’t understand why her daughter would get so upset and frustrated when she didn’t compete well and tried everything to change her perspective. She then decided to study the scoring to understand where her daughter was having deductions and where the sport was taking her. She ended up coaching her from the sidelines which was a big no-no. Jodi knew it was wrong and also knew she needed to talk to someone who could truly help her understand. Through researching on the internet and asking a friend, she landed on a sports psychology page and found Wendy’s mental training program. She arranged for a free consult which in turn, led her daughter to talk with Wendy.
Now, a year later her daughter is back to really enjoying the sport, loves competing and shows great sportsmanship and composure. As a certified life coach, Jodi realized there are so many life lessons wrapped up as gifts at each level that if we really sat back and carefully unwrapped each one, we would understand the importance they have for each athlete moving forward. Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of the sport and winning that we forget why the athlete was doing it in the first place.
Wendy and Jodi continued to talk and realized how much of an influence mothers have over their athletes. In order for an athlete to truly thrive, they need a solid support system in place. That is why we want to support both the mother and athlete. We also discussed that if the mother is stressed out trying to balance the daily routine of taking care of the kids, work, house and adding in driving their athlete to/from practice that is often leads to overwhelm and burnout. This stress is then projected onto the athlete and reflects in their performance. We want to prevent that by offering tools and strategies for both mothers and athletes to remain balanced and mentally tough. We realize there are other resources out there for athletes but none offer the realistic details of a mothers struggles. First and foremost, Wendy and Jodi are mothers and have faced their own challenges with sports and juggling home and life. Together they want to pass on their wisdom to help others understand and enjoy the journey. After numerous discussions, Gold Medal Moms was born.