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About the Founder

With her passionate energy and engaging demeanor, Samantha Peszek has quickly established herself as a bright young star both as a sports broadcaster and entrepreneur. Having been a gymnast for 22 years, she loves still being connected to the sport as a coach and founder of Beam Queen Bootcamp and an analyst for the PAC-12 Networks and ESPN.

Starting gymnastics at the age of 2, Samantha has always been a sports fanatic. She also played soccer and danced, but her gymnastics continued to excel, making her the youngest member of the national team at age 12.

Traveling the world competing for Team USA, Samantha was on the Pan American Games team that won gold in Rio and the World Championship team that won gold in Stuttgart.

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With her passionate energy and engaging demeanor, Samantha Peszek has quickly established herself as a bright young star both as a sports broadcaster and entrepreneur. Having been a gymnast for 22 years, she loves still being connected to the sport as a coach and founder of Beam Queen Bootcamp and an analyst for the PAC-12 Networks and ESPN.

Starting gymnastics at the age of 2, Samantha has always been a sports fanatic. She also played soccer and danced, but her gymnastics continued to excel, making her the youngest member of the national team at age 12.

Traveling the world competing for Team USA, Samantha was on the Pan American Games team that won gold in Rio and the World Championship team that won gold in Stuttgart.

Samantha and her team were later inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame for being the first ever USA Gymnastics team to win a World Championship gold medal outside U.S. soil.

One of Samantha’s biggest accomplishments is making the 2008 Olympic Team at age 16 and winning a silver medal with her team! She also prides herself with being able to attend a regular school and live at home throughout her elite career.

She graduated from high school in 2010 and accepted a full-ride scholarship to compete for the UCLA women’s gymnastics team.

Samantha is a three-time NCAA Champion (twice on beam and once in the all-around) as well as a 17-time All American. In addition to gymnastics, she was also on the honor roll every quarter at UCLA and was a member of the SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory committee) and Leadership Council.

She earned the Bruin Leadership award, which inspired her to create the Beam Queen Bootcamp. It happens to be a mix of her favorite things: motivating young gymnasts, traveling, and BEAM! She loves helping gymnasts accomplish their goals and always reminds her BQBC gymnasts that they can do anything they set their mind to.

Samantha truly believes that once you learn the tough lessons on beam such as confidence, hard work, and tenacity, you will have the tools you need to achieve success in all aspects of your life.

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Sydney Converse

Content and Community Manager

Sydney did gymnastics for 21 years. She grew up training in Georgia and then continued her career at Iowa State, competing collegiately for 5 years. During Sydney's time at ISU, she discovered her passion for videography and immediately knew that video was what she wanted to pursue full time. Sydney worked closely with Iowa State’s athletics for 2 years, where she had opportunities to film with each sport, as well as NFL and NBA teams.

Once graduating college, it was no question that finding a job that combined both gymnastics and videography was a must. She started working as a freelancer with Beam Queen in 2021, became full- time by the end of the year and has never looked back!

Sydney loves coffee, Aritzia, traveling, and sushi. She has a Tik Tok with over 9M views, studied abroad, and is adopted.

Haylee Crain

Operations Manager

Haylee began her love for gymnastics when she flipped herself out of her crib. Her (smart) parents put her in the sport as soon as they could.

Her love for flipping pivoted to cheerleading and then she began coaching All-Star. Haylee used her transferrable skills as an athlete to achieve excellence at the University of Florida majoring in Marketing and Retail Management. From there, She moved to Austin, TX and began her career in tech working for big corporations including Google.

Haylee fell in love with the Beam Queen brand and reached out to get involved. One opportunity lead to the next and she is now our full-time operations lead with her fingers dipped in all projects at Beam Queen.

Haylee loves morning workouts. She loves coffee, has never broken a bone, and is obsessed with LinkedIn.

Other facts: loves Publix’s chocolate chip cookies and anything chocolate.

What else do we offer?

BQBC For Coaches BQBC For Parents
BQBC For Coaches

Your gymnasts can’t have all the fun here, right?! As much as I want them to learn my beam curriculum, it’s just as important (if not more) that I share with YOU what I’ve learned along the way. In terms of technique, simple is better. Simple corrections, simple drills… just keep it simple. This is why I’ve created the TRIPLE THREAT or the 3 rules of beam, so gymnasts can understand the foundation of beam and when things go wrong, it’s just easy to remember.

I also want to share my relationship with my coach. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty close. We had the healthiest coach/athlete relationship and the best part about it was he knew when to push me and when to pull back. He pushed me to my potential and believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I mean c’mon, how do you convince an athlete who was once too afraid to do a roundoff back handspring that she would be learning a double double?!

My philosophy is “the more knowledge & information you know, the better you can be as a coach, as an educator, as a mentor, and as a person.” If my stories or perspective help you in some way, great…that’s the point! I’ve put together a specific coaches curriculum- explanation of what your athletes will be learning, important qualities of a healthy coach/athlete relationship, and a chance to meet with me at the BQBC event to ask me any questions you’d like. So, head on over to the registration site to sign up for the closest location near you- Availability is limited!(You must also be SafeSport Certified to sign up!)

BQBC For Parents

Building a Champion

Gymnastics is the tool for Building a Champion

What can we parents do to help our daughters be champions?

The first thing is to define what we mean by a champion. I believe champions are gymnasts who work hard and persevere, they may not always be on the top of the award stand, but they are kind, caring, compassionate, intelligent, incredible, young people. After all, isn’t that what we want – to insure our daughters are good people and will be our future leaders?...

We all want our daughters to be happy, healthy and live up to the very best they can be! What I want to share with you is how we as parents can use gymnastics as the tool to help build champions in all of our daughters.

Gymnastics teaches so many life lessons like learning time management for school work, how to communicate with teammates and coaches, how to overcome fear and injuries, how to lead a healthy lifestyle, and how to persevere when you fall off that darn beam, again!

Parents can make a big difference in their daughter’s overall experience in gymnastics. Are you making a positive impact on your daughter and helping to build a champion?

How to Rock the Recruiting Process

Luan Peszek with Jill Hicks Consulting will present “How to Rock the Recruiting Process” a session for the optional level parents at the BQBC. The presentation will provide information and education on the college recruiting process including when to get started, is your gymnast good enough, the parent’s role in recruiting, etc.

JH Consulting advises college bound student athletes and their parents in the gymnastics recruiting process to find the best fit, both academically and athletically. Let’s face it, the recruiting process can be overwhelming for the gymnast and parent. The parent feels alone in helping her daughter get recruited and the athlete lacks the confidence and experience to know how and when to start the process. Our goal is to reduce the pressure on the parent and build confidence in the gymnast by providing expert advice and knowledge.

I will be offering this one-hour session for parents on site at the Beam Queen Bootcamp location.

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