“Canadian Gymnastics Week is a joint effort between Canadian gymnastics clubs, Provincial/Territorial Federations, and Gymnastics Canada to increase the awareness of our sport, and to celebrate the positive benefits of gymnastics in all its forms: acrobatics, aerobics, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and gymnastics for all. It is dedicated to bringing together thousands of Canadians of all ages and levels who participate in gymnastics, and to encourage all other Canadians to try the sport.”
In light of Gymnastics Week, we decided to get involved with our local gymnastics community by making a visit to Altadore Gymnastics Club in Calgary. While there, we spent some time with Malina, Anna, and Abby who train for their sport five times a week, four hours a day. These girls were so full of energy; we were blown away by their routines and the commitment they show for their sport. We took some time to talk to the girls about gymnastics, Canadian Gymnastics Day, and what they love most about their team.
Why do you prefer gymnastics to any other activity?
Malina: Gymnastics is not like any other sport; you always get to learn fun, new things. Even though it takes a lot of hard work and long hours, it is worth it.
How are your friends from gymnastics different than your friends from school?
Abby: The girls from gymnastics are more athletic and fun because you are able to relate to one another.
What is your favourite part of being on a team?
Malina: The best part of being on a team is that you get the chance to encourage your teammates, especially before a competition.
What do you love most about gymnastics?
Anna: Gymnastics is a great way to calm down and relax. You also get to spend time with your friends! I don’t know what I would do without it.
Did you know it is Canadian Gymnastics Week? How do you plan on celebrating?
Anna: Yes! Last year the coaches set up a huge handstand obstacle course, it was so much fun. We will hopefully get to do something like that again this year.
We cannot begin to express what an amazing day we had at Altadore Gymnastics Club. We left feeling inspired and super excited to celebrate the upcoming week. Thanks for the visit!7