Gymnast Mara Parkinson practices some of her skills in the Kicking Horse Gymnastics Club’s new facility.

Gymnastics Club finishes first season in new building

The Gymnastics Club is enjoying the new building during their first season.

  • Sun Dec 23rd, 2012 5:00pm
  • Sports

Coach Christine

Kicking Horse Gymnastics Club

On September 10, 2012 Kicking Horse Gymnastics Club opened its doors at a new home at 907 10th Street North (across from Kootenay Pumping).  As the athletes young and old arrived for their first classes, the excitement was palpable.

It is a wonderful, safe and fun place for all ages and abilities.  With our own facility, we have been able to offer more programming and have been able to accommodate more than 200 participants.

As the Head Coach, it is really exciting to watch a program develop and grow in both numbers but also in depth.  I have a growing coaching staff comprised of young adults who are developing amazing leadership skills and a growing to not only love sharing the sport but who truly take an interest in the children they are working with.

In my parent and tot and other preschool classes I noticed a big difference in the comfort level in our new home … it is a smaller and seems for this age group a more welcoming and less intimidating venue.

Our recreational and advanced recreational programs have been amazing as I get to share in the leadership for these after-school sessions; it took a little adjustment to run a program with two or three different groupings of participants.  The competitive program athletes are probably the most acutely aware of what our new location offers.  In order to maintain and deepen their ability levels, some of the athletes use to train three days a week before school and then come in those same evenings and train a couple hours at the very end of the day.

This year we were able to offer programming that allowed each competitive gymnast and their family some choice to their hours.  We still train one morning a week.  In every participant I have worked with, which is all of them, I have seen skill development and growth in strength, agility, flexibility and confidence.

There is still much we hope to accomplish in the coming year.  We hope to offer birthday parties and other extra-curricular events for the community.  Our Fall Session ended on December 10th, 2012 and we are currently taking new registrations for our Winter Session that runs from January 7, 2013 to March 12, 2013.

If you are interested you can contact the gym at khgym@hotmail.com, or call 250-344-0682, or check out our website at http://khgym.weebly.com/index.html.

 

This Summer with the help of the Red Petting Farm the club raised some of the money that helped to prepare the new facility for moving in and then this Fall we had an ‘Easy as Pie’ Fundraiser to assist us with our cost of operations and there will be more to come in the new year.  We are thankful to the wonderful support we have from the community as a whole and from caring and engaged families; without you all we just would not be where we are.  Thank you!  We wish everyone Happy Holidays and much kindness and love!  See you in the New Year!