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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics Canada’s Active Start Program 

    …  a revitalized CanGym brand identity, a new online interactive platform, updated curriculum, new video content, and more. …

    CanGym is a national, progressive program that balances the physical, mental, and social aspects of sport in a unified way. 

    CanGym is confident. CanGym is joyful. CanGym is grounded. CanGym is empowering.

    CanGym’s Active Start module is one of five modules to be developed in this new online interactive platform. We invite you to stay tuned …

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on April 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    Rec Retreat, Ontario 2022 

    Orillia, Ontario, Canada May 27-29, 2022.

    Refresh Rec Retreat

    The goal of Refresh is exactly that — leaving this conference feeling refreshed!

    When it’s over, you will be more connected to our community, rejuvenated with new ideas & inspiration to bring back to you gym, and you’ll have an extra twinkle in your eye about the important work we do with (and for!) recreational gymnasts and programs.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    What is Gymnastics for All? 

    Margaret Sikkens Ahlquist heads the international Gymnastics for All committee.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Keith Russell’s Rec Gymnastics manuals 

    Keith Russell has been the principle author of the Canadian coach education programme since 1978.

    It’s considered one of the best in the world.

    In fact, the FIG Foundations course was also authored by Keith.

    Here’s how coach education works in Canada.

    Everyone takes 4 hours of theory and the 9 hour Gymnastics Foundations course.

    Next you can specialize in Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline or Active Start (preschool).

    After completing some work at your own gym, you are evaluated and — finally — fully certified.

    You can be an instructor with your own group of kids. 

    Here’s the 2008 edition cover of the Canadian coaching manual.


    Unfortunately that text is not available online. The only way to get it is to take the course.

    Similarly, you can’t purchase the FIG Foundations manual online.

    Too bad.

    • Rosemary 4:40 am on December 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow Rick, that’s the simplest explanation of the GF program that I have seen! Thanks for that; I believe that the Introduction course is taken before the Theory.


  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on April 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Rebound Therapy benefits 

    Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.


    Thanks Tumbl Trak.

  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on December 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    recruiting Gymnastics instructors in Australia 

    Here’s how it works.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:00 am on December 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics for All in Sri Lanka 

    The FIG Gymnastics for All Committee held a “Join the GfA Activities” course in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on November 23-25, 2017, with the participation of 49 enthusiastic Gymnastics coaches from seven national federations from the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU), namely Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics for All Colloquium, Ottawa 

    15th World Gymnaestrada 2015 Helsinki/FIN, 12-19 July 2015

    April 25-29, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada.

    Four themes will be on the agenda:

    • Looking into the future of Gymnastics
    • World Gym for Life Challenge – Evaluation of the 2017 event in Vestfold (NOR) and ideas for the future
    • The World Gymnaestrada 2019 – News from the Local Organising Committee in Dornbirn (AUT)
    • Inclusive Gymnastics

    FIG – Ottawa hosts 2018 Gymnastics for All colloquium


  • Rick Mc 3:01 am on October 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics instructors should not sit down 

    A rule at most Gyms is that coaches should be active.

    Get up, be enthusiastic and engage—as a coach you are a leader and it is up to you to set the tone for your athletes and to positively influence the culture in your gym. …


  • Rick Mc 3:02 am on October 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Gymnastics comes to Samoa 

    With support from the International Gymnastics Federation, International expert coach Brooke Kneebush from Gymnastics Australia, last week visited Samoa, conducting “Come & Try” clinics for pre-school and school aged children, and presenting coach and teacher education workshops. …

    Samoa Observer 

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