Tags: Gymnastics BC, PLAY, Sports Day, Sports Week
Sports Day in Canada, a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, takes place on Saturday September 29. As we lead up to the day, various sport and community organizations are holding events and activities to celebrate the power of sport!
Those events promoting gymnastics include:
- Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics – ‘Septemberfest’ ~ September 23 – 11am – 4pm at Hillcrest Park with a fun day of activities including open gym, a bouncy castle and competitive group displays.
- Gymnastics BC – ‘PLAY’ Gymnastics ~ Saturday September 29, 12 – 5pm at the Hillcrest Community Centre celebrating sport in BC.
- Kamloops Gymnastics Trampoline Center – ‘Try it Day’ ~ September 29, 10am – 2pm with lots of try-it sports activities and celebrations including gymnastics equipment for children to try it out!
- Whistler Gymnastics – ‘Gymnastics is FUNdamental’ ~ September 29 - 3 – 6pm at the Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre. The public is encouraged to visit and participate in gymnastics and trampoline based activities to emphasize the benefit of sport, physical literacy, FUN, healthy lifestyle, and fundamentals of sport.
If your club is hosting an event in celebration of Sports Week in Canada, let us know and be sure to register your event on the Sports Day in Canada website: http://sportsday.cbc.ca/home.
Tags: Awards, Gymnastics BC, Nomination, PLAY, Promtion Plus
Earlier this summer, Gymnastics BC distributed information regarding new Gymnastics For All Awards. These new awards are to recognize the contributions of those clubs and coaches who contribute to the development of children and youth through recreational gymnastics.
Gymnastics BC has extended the deadline for nominations for the following awards:
• Gymnastics For All Leader of the Year – 1 award provincially
• PLAY Gymnastics BC Club of the Year – 1 award provincially
• PLAY Gymnastics Coaches of the Year – 1 award per zone, 8 provincially
• Promotion Plus Emerging Gymnastics Leader of the Year – 1 award provincially
In order to prepare for the awards reception taking place on October 20, the deadline for all nominations is Tuesday, September 4. Please take a moment to nominate a club, a coach and/or an individual that is making a difference through gymnastics.
Tags: bc gymnaestrada, Gymnastics BC, Gymnastics for All, Performance, PLAY, Whistler
Close to 500 participants from around BC, Alberta and Washington took part in the 19th annual BC Gymnaestrada in Whistler this past weekend.
With workshops on Saturday featuring skipping, parkour, movie stunts and the Groove method, the participants had a great time learning new skills. On Sunday, the participants took to the floor to perform their group Gymnaestrada routines to a packed house and lots of cheering. Joining in the fun was the Gymnastics BC’s PLAY mascot, Sammy!
Thanks to Whistler Gymnastics for hosting this annual celebration of recreational gymnastics, to all of the volunteers for their hard work and to the participants, coaches and families and friends for their support!
Photos of the event are starting to be posted to the album on the Gymnastics BC Facebook page. If you have some great shots from the weekend, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org to have them included in the photo album!
Tags: Breakfast Television, City TV, Dawn Chubai, Gymnastics BC, PLAY, Vancouver Phoenix
Host Dawn Chubai, was live at the gym for the morning and talked to parents, athletes and coaches about the benefits of gymnastics in the development of children. She even jumped into the pit and tried gymnastics!
Check out the gymnastics portions of yesterday’s show online: http://video.citytv.com/video/detail/1507702183001.000000/dawn-visits-play-gymnastics/! Don’t miss Sammy on the balance beam!
Thanks to everyone at Vancouver Phoenix that came out in support of PLAY Gymnastics parents, children, coaches!
Tags: brand, cartwheels inc, club aviva gymnastics, Gymnastics BC, gymnastics class, participation sport, PLAY, Recreational Gymnastics
Gymnastics BC launched the PLAY Gymnastics brand yesterday at separate events at Club Aviva Gymnastics in Coquitlam and Cartwheels Inc. in Surrey. This new provincial brand highlights the importance of recreational gymnastics as the first activity for all children in British Columbia.
The tagline for PLAY Gymnastics: “Possibility Plays Here” reinforces the message that in gymnastics, what seems like a child just playing is actually a child developing the fundamentals of movement. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a Foundation Sport for all physical activity and sports, gymnastics is about how the body moves. Early participation in gymnastics develops critical skills such as balance, strength, flexibility, overall body awareness and social and mental abilities that carry over into all aspects of life.
“Putting your child into a gymnastics class is one the most important things a parent can do for that child,” said Moira Gookstetter, CEO of Gymnastics BC. “It doesn’t matter which sport or activity a child ultimately pursues, having that foundation developed from gymnastics will make them even better.”
With close to 41,000 members, gymnastics is the fourth largest participation sport in British Columbia, behind only soccer, hockey and athletics. Of that membership 83% are under the age of 12 and the majority of participants PLAY in recreational gymnastics. Only a small fraction will ever go on to competitive gymnastics.
Also introduced this weekend was Sammy – the new mascot for the brand. Sammy visited with children, took part in some gymnastics classes and bounced on the trampoline.