Whistler Gymnastics alive and flipping
More than 225 children and youths are regular particpants in Whistler Gymnastics activities, ranking the club 29th in the province by membership and sixth by percentage of population.
"We would have been higher, at third, if that figure included the 80 or so children in our partnership Kingergym program with RMOW Parks and Recreation," says Program Director Shiela Mozes.
The programs are so busy in fact that the club has had to turn children away in the past when classes became too full, according to a club news release in recognition of B.C. Gymnastics Awareness week.
Whistler’s Rikka Tindale made the Women’s Provincial Novice Team, which will be heading to the SAAN Western Canadian Gymnastics Championships. She has had to relocate to Vancouver to take her training to the next level, which was impossible with Whistler’s current facilities.
With such a strong attendance among younger children, Mozes says that there is a need to expand Whistler’s gymnastics facilities "so kids aren’t turned away" and competitors like Tindale can get the coaching they need without having to move to the city.