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  • Rick Mc 6:48 pm on June 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    gymnast with a ‘dancing blade’ 

    … As a six-year-old she developed cancer and had to have her leg amputated just two years after her mum died of the same disease.

    Iona … was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer – in 2008.

    Her right leg was amputated below the knee as a result.

    The youngster, from Jordanhill, Glasgow, loves showing off her moves to other children and their parents who are in a similar situation and contemplating what life will be like after an amputation. …

    … “Everyone trains at the same time and kids with disabilities are treated like everyone else.

    “Iona does floor, vault, beam and bars and this new blade is ideal for her. …


    “My prosthetic leg can feel quite heavy when I’m doing sport and this blade is brilliant,” she said.

    “It’s been specially designed for me to have extra support at the heel, which helps me balance when I’m on the beam. It definitely helps me be better at gymnastics.”

    Inspirational girl lost leg to cancer, but gymnastics starlet Iona won’t be put off her Team GB dream


    (via GymCastic)

  • Rick Mc 10:00 pm on April 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    active kids with disabilities 

    Kids with disabilities can be active for life


    via Gymnastics BC PLAY

  • Rick Mc 12:43 am on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    World Autism Day 

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is World Autism Day. One of only four official health-specific United Nations Days, this annual day focuses on bringing the world’s attention to autism.

    One in 88 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And the number of children with autism continues to grow. Between 2007 and 2012 there was a 78 percent increase in reported diagnoses. …

    Traditional therapy options include behaviour and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies and medications.

    Another option is gymnastics. Yes, gymnastics!

    forward roll

    Gymnastics BC PLAY

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on August 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Big FUN Therapy & Rec 

    Another clip describing the exciting program in California for autistic kids and other challenged individuals.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    details – BigFunGymnastics.com


  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Right To Play USA Gymnastics 

    USA Gymnastics and Right To Play, a global organization that uses sport and play programs to educate and empower children facing adversity, recently joined forces to bring gymnastics and the opportunity to play to children across the United States.

    National Gymnastics Day is a natural vehicle to provide outreach to disadvantaged youth.

    With this year’s National Gymnastics Day less than two months away, USA Gymnastics is offering grants to USA Gymnastics member clubs that are creating special events to celebrate National Gymnastics Day and provide opportunities to children who currently do not have access to gymnastics. …

    … three of the USA’s well-known gymnasts – 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas, 2008 Olympic horizontal bar silver-medalist Jonathan Horton and 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone – will serve as Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and co-chairs of National Gymnastics Day. …

    Up to 25 $1,000 grants are available to USA Gymnastics Member Clubs.

    Right to Play


    related – Right to Play USA

  • Rick Mc 12:00 pm on July 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    BIG FUN Gymnastics Therapy 

    Coach Terry Parish recommended a 4-day training course he recently completed in Special Needs Gymnastics.

    BIG FUN is the ultimate playground for special needs individuals of all ages. We offer families throughout southern California occupational therapy services, gymnastics, swimming, after-school enrichment programs, social skills, camps, art classes, parent and me, activities for autistic children, social skills training for autism, and more….

    Fun and Effective Activities for Autistic Children

    Look for a BIG FUN facility near you. 10 locations to choose from! …

    details – Big Fun Gymnastics

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    LOVE IT.

    Special needs is a large under-served market.

  • Rick Mc 7:35 pm on June 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    school, community, mobile gymnastics 

    EXCELLENT new video from Tumbl Trak. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:51 pm on May 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    on overweight children … 

    Published 2004, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children: What Our Kids Go Through — and How We Can Help is a book by Sylvia Barkan Rimm.

    Dr. Sylvia Barkan Rimm (born 1935) is an American psychologist specializing in parenting, child development and learning. She has written books on raising gifted children, success for girls, and communication skills.

    … In a recent study of 15 countries, including the United States, the U.S. had the dubious honor of being ranked first in the prevalence of overweight and obese adolescents. …

    Overweight children were five times as likely to describe their self-confidence as poor compared to average-weight children. They were much more likely to describe themselves as lonely, sad, fearful, and different.

    Overweight girls were less likely to describe themselves as popular or beautiful. Overweight boys were less likely to describe themselves as athletic. Overweight children were much more worried about almost everything, and very over-weight children were three times as worried about their futures than average-weight children. …

    The Six-Step Healthy Rescue Plan

    Be a coach, instead of a judge.
    Go for the goal.
    Recruit additional support.
    Design a nutritional plan.
    Organize an exercise effort.
    Celebrate strengths.

    Rescuing The Emotional Lives of Overweight Children

    I’m dubious.

    Things will continue to get worse before they get better. :-(

    overweight boy

    Some overweight children can handle the extra social pressures.

    It may even be more normal to be heavy at a young age than it was in the past.

    But best practice would be to get your children early into good exercise and eating habits.

  • Rick Mc 9:55 am on November 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Adult Gymnastics Competitions in the U.K. 

    BGtv visited Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the 2012 Veteran British Championships and the 2012 British Disability Artistic Championships

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Details via that YouTube page.

  • Rick Mc 7:09 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Flip Factory, Calgary 

    I dropped in on my old friend Darlene Traviss at her new facility, Flip Factory in N.E. Calgary.

    Darlene Traviss

    Darlene’s that rarity. An entrepreneur in socialist Canada. (Most gyms are parent governed in Canada.)

    Her club is staying away from competitive Artistic gymnastics. But they offer just about everything else.

    Preschool makes up about 60% of the membership.

    Trampoline, Circus, Demo Team (Gymnaestrada), …

    When construction is complete, here’s the goal:

    5,600 square feet of gym space which houses: 4 full size trampolines, a 40′ tumble track, a 40′ x 40′ sprung floor exercise space, a large foam pit, indoor toboggan hill for preschoolers, 40′ bouldering wall, beams, low tight ropes, slack lines, bars (including a pit bar), lots of climbing ropes, rings and vaulting apparatus.

    Typical rotations:

    • Mission Impossible obstacle course
    • Reverse Bungee: a giant jolly jumper
    • Gladiators: semi-combative challenges
    • Parkour on a dedicated circuit, complete with tramp wall

    Special Needs kids are welcomed:

    Down’s Syndrome
    Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    Cerebral Palsy
    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    ADD and ADHD
    Autism and Asperger’s
    Brain injuries

    An additional 2000 square foot mezzanine space houses our Tot Drop-In during the daytime. This area is filled with equipment specially designed for 1 – 5 year olds: Mats of all shapes and sizes, slides, climbing apparatus, ball pits and more. Equipment configuration and pieces change weekly. This gym is well padded and encourages movement and exploration. A seating area for parents built into the space makes it a perfect spot to hang out with friends while letting preschoolers burn off energy! The mezzanine space is cleared and available to other groups in the evenings.

    A 750 square foot hardwood dance studio is used for our fitness classes and is also available to other groups.

    Two spacious birthday party rooms are available for eats and treats after activities in the gym are finished up.

    CONGRATULATIONS Darlene. I’m completely impressed.

    Learn more about the gym at flip-factory.com

    • Dana 9:02 pm on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply



    • Jan Cerato 6:14 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Flip Factory provided excellent Staff, Amazing Space & Fitness Programs for all the kids regardless of age. As a special bonus we all got to enjoy a Reptile Awareness Show in the studio. Great stuff Thx Dar & Team Flip?!


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