Tara Brady was described by her coaches in
part as “An excellent track athlete and superb gymnast, holding all
kinds of school records. Tara has a strong work ethic, outstanding
abilities, and flawless achievement, lettering all four years in
gymnastics and track.” These accolades by her highly-regarded coaches
are certainly supported by Tara’s athletic career at Stoneham High
School and beyond into her college days.
During her senior year,
the Booster Club honored the championship team as well as Tara Brady for
being a Middlesex League All-Star, the winner of ten varsity letters in
addition to being further recognized with the Coaches Award.
1989 the Gymnastics team finished the season with a 4-3 record for
fourth place in the Middlesex League. During this time, Tara once again
qualified for the State Individual Meet.
In 1989 the girls track
team won their fourth league title in a row and extended their streak to
31 league meets. Tara was certainly monumental in this. That year, she
was named All League in the javelin and long jump. Tara came through
with two javelin throws better than the Stoneham High School record and
won with a toss of 118 feet.
As if winning ten varsity letters in
her career wasn’t enough, this talented member of both the gymnastics
and four-time championship track team was named a Middlesex League
All-Star an incredible seven times, three years in track and four years
in gymnastics. Tara shared the League Coaches Award with another gymnast
from the Middlesex League as the “best in the league.”
recruited to run track and field at Springfield College but after
walking on and making the gymnastics team at Springfield College Tara
never participated in a track and field event. Instead Tara went on to
become a three time All American in Floor, Vault and Bar events.
Additionally, Tara Brady, in 1992-93 was the Division II National
Champion on the Vault. Today Tara Brady Ward, a 1993 Springfield College
graduate in Science Health and Fitness, resides in Georgia with her
husband, Ben, and sons Chance and Brayden.