Cobequid Spartans preparing for the holidays

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Flippin' Out
By Erin Simpson

Members of the Cobequid Spartans spread Christmas joy by participating in the annual Truro Santa Claus Parade. The team's theme, ‘Elves on Vacation,' featured more than 40 athletes decked out in grass skirts and leis hitting up a beach in Hawaii.

Christmas is on the way and things are busier than ever at the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Centre.

We had a wonderful response to our float in the 2013 Santa Claus Parade. Our theme was ‘Elves on Vacation,' and more than 40 of our athletes were decked out in grass skirts and leis just like Santa's elves hitting up a beach in Hawaii.

The Spartans love to participate in as many parades as we can, but unfortunately athletes weren't able to show off their tumbles and tricks on that cold evening - that pavement isn't nearly as soft as the floor of our gymnastics centre.

On Dec. 22, we had our annual Christmas party for our competitive athletes. This year, there was a special sort of presentation in the form of one of our coaches getting his head shaved by another coach.

Here's the story: We ran a fun little contest where men's head coach Colin James squared off against Jared Goad, one of our top athletes who became the open-level national champion in floor at the Canadian gymnastics championships in Ottawa last May. We asked athletes and parents to drop coins in the bucket of the person whose head they'd like to see shaved, and Jared was declared the winner.

But the party was more than just laughing at poor Jared. To spread a little joy this season to those who are less fortunate, we also ran a World Vision fundraiser here at Spartans. We asked our athletes to donate their own money - not their parents' money - so they can reflect on the importance of the cause.

We're already into the season of treats, parties and lounging by the fireplace admiring the Christmas tree. We always encourage our athletes to enjoy the merriment, but to make sure they're still taking care of themselves, balancing out the desserts with nourishing meals, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep. Then they'll still be in top form when we begin training again in the New Year.

Happy Holidays from everyone at the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Club, and we hope to see lots of new faces when we open registration in January for our winter/spring session.

TAGLINE: Erin Simpson is Head Coach at the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Club in Bible Hill – a non-profit club committed to developing champions at every level in a safe, healthy, and rewarding environment.

Organizations: Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Centre, Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics Club, World Vision

Geographic location: Hawaii, Ottawa, Bible Hill

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