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Truro gymnastics club's centre is staying put


TRURO - It will be business as usual for the Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre this season.

The centre will remain in its current rental location until next June in the Truro Toyota building on Prince Street.

“Our landlord was most accommodating and sympathetic to our situation,” Tanya MacKenzie, the club’s operations manager, said in a release. “This reprieve allowed us to move forward for the 2016-17 season with business as usual for the boys and girls recreational gymnastic and trampoline program, the competitive trampoline program and the competitive women’s gymnastic programs.”

Programs have been restructured, resulting in some staffing changes, to ensure continued growth.

Carola Baker is the new coordinator and head coach of the competitive girls program. Baker brings more than 30 years’ experience and has coached many levels of gymnastics, including High Performance International Level. Baker is a Level 4 artistic coach and Level 2 trampoline coach.

Brenda Carmichael, the assistant competitive women’s coach, has been coaching recreational and competitive gymnasts for 25 years.

She has previously managed two clubs and has coached at various clubs across Canada. Brenda is a Level 2 artistic and trampoline coach, a certified personal trainer and BOSU specialist.

The club has also hired a new recreational program director, who is responsible for afterschool recreational programs, as well as to mentor young coaches and develop new programs.

Shelly Melanson has coached many programs, starting with Kindergym, to pre-competitive gymnastics and is a certified Level 2 artistic gymnastics coach.

She brings 15 years of coaching experience and is looking forward in assisting in the success of building not only gymnastic skills but the confidence of participating gymnasts and young recreational coaching staff.

The competitive and recreational trampoline programs are running stronger than ever with longtime level 3 coach Krista Henderson as the program coordinator. Henderson has been with Spartans for more than 20 years and she also is the coordinator for the Kindergym and preschool program.

As well as staff additions, the Spartans have been working hard to develop new programs to offer.

In October, they introduced their new Diff-Abilities Program – a program for kids and adults that may learn differently, have some limitations or just want to participate in gymnastics for Special Olympics.

Each participant will bring someone to assist them, have fun, and to witness their many successes in the program. The cost of the class is $49 for seven weeks.

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In-service day camps

The Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre will offer in-service day camps this season.

The day camps run from 8:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday CCRSB in-service days and are open to boys and girls who are primary to 12 years of age.

Camps consist of gymnastics, organized games, crafts, treasure hunts, team challenges and more.

The cost is $30 per child and pre-registration is required. An annual club registration fee, which is paid once per year and runs Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017, will also be applied at time of registration for new members.

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Need for stability

The hope is to have a suitable permanent facility that will accommodate all recreational and competitive programs and ease the uncertainty for the club’s 14 full- and part-time professionally, certified coaches.

The club requires a building with a large, open layout with high ceilings to accommodate the specialized equipment. An exhaustive search of potential rental properties has been conducted by a team of volunteers without any success.

The CGSC has a fundraising committee that assists with the increased costs associated with their current location. There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses that would like to help. For more information, contact MacKenzie at 902-890-1981.

The centre will remain in its current rental location until next June in the Truro Toyota building on Prince Street.

“Our landlord was most accommodating and sympathetic to our situation,” Tanya MacKenzie, the club’s operations manager, said in a release. “This reprieve allowed us to move forward for the 2016-17 season with business as usual for the boys and girls recreational gymnastic and trampoline program, the competitive trampoline program and the competitive women’s gymnastic programs.”

Programs have been restructured, resulting in some staffing changes, to ensure continued growth.

Carola Baker is the new coordinator and head coach of the competitive girls program. Baker brings more than 30 years’ experience and has coached many levels of gymnastics, including High Performance International Level. Baker is a Level 4 artistic coach and Level 2 trampoline coach.

Brenda Carmichael, the assistant competitive women’s coach, has been coaching recreational and competitive gymnasts for 25 years.

She has previously managed two clubs and has coached at various clubs across Canada. Brenda is a Level 2 artistic and trampoline coach, a certified personal trainer and BOSU specialist.

The club has also hired a new recreational program director, who is responsible for afterschool recreational programs, as well as to mentor young coaches and develop new programs.

Shelly Melanson has coached many programs, starting with Kindergym, to pre-competitive gymnastics and is a certified Level 2 artistic gymnastics coach.

She brings 15 years of coaching experience and is looking forward in assisting in the success of building not only gymnastic skills but the confidence of participating gymnasts and young recreational coaching staff.

The competitive and recreational trampoline programs are running stronger than ever with longtime level 3 coach Krista Henderson as the program coordinator. Henderson has been with Spartans for more than 20 years and she also is the coordinator for the Kindergym and preschool program.

As well as staff additions, the Spartans have been working hard to develop new programs to offer.

In October, they introduced their new Diff-Abilities Program – a program for kids and adults that may learn differently, have some limitations or just want to participate in gymnastics for Special Olympics.

Each participant will bring someone to assist them, have fun, and to witness their many successes in the program. The cost of the class is $49 for seven weeks.

* * *

 

In-service day camps

The Cobequid Spartans Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre will offer in-service day camps this season.

The day camps run from 8:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday CCRSB in-service days and are open to boys and girls who are primary to 12 years of age.

Camps consist of gymnastics, organized games, crafts, treasure hunts, team challenges and more.

The cost is $30 per child and pre-registration is required. An annual club registration fee, which is paid once per year and runs Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017, will also be applied at time of registration for new members.

* * *

 

Need for stability

The hope is to have a suitable permanent facility that will accommodate all recreational and competitive programs and ease the uncertainty for the club’s 14 full- and part-time professionally, certified coaches.

The club requires a building with a large, open layout with high ceilings to accommodate the specialized equipment. An exhaustive search of potential rental properties has been conducted by a team of volunteers without any success.

The CGSC has a fundraising committee that assists with the increased costs associated with their current location. There are sponsorship opportunities for businesses that would like to help. For more information, contact MacKenzie at 902-890-1981.

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