Congratulations to Scott Chandler & Jim Rand

Scott Chandler and Jim Rand were both honoured at the recent Sport PEI 2015 Awards Banquet held on February 3, 2016.

Scott Chandler received a new award, the Inspiration Award for his long, storied gymnastics career which has seen him as a member of the National Team and also as the oldest competitive gymnasts at the Canadian Gymnastics Championship. He spoke eloquently of fighting against the odds when he accepted his award.

Jim Rand received the President’s Award which recognized his long-time contribution to amateur sport from establishing the Island Gymnastics Academy to being one of the highest trained coaches on PEI, to coaching several National Team athletes.

Congratulations to both and thank-you for all you do for gymnastics on PEI!

Jim Rand- Sport PEI 2015 President's Award Scott Chandler- Sport PEI 2015 Inspiration Award

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GCG Announces Full 2016 Domestic Calendar

Full 2016 Domestic Events Calendar Announced for Gymnastics Canada









More information on each event will be soon be posted on


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GF Certification- December 23

The final date for the Gymnastics Foundation course will be Wednesday, December 23rd. The morning will be the final module of the course starting at 9am. All coaches who took the course at the start of September need to take this module to complete their training. All coaches need to be 15 on the final day of the course (December 23rd) to get credit for the training.

In the afternoon, the LF will complete evaluations for those wishing to become certified. Preference will be given to coaches from further away on this date as he can arrange evaluations for other coaches more easily.

The cost of the course in the morning is $15.

The cost of the evaluation is $50. This includes the time to review the workbook as well as the evaluation itself. All coaches who wish to be certified need to submit their workbook to CJ by December 11th AT THE LATEST. Please keep in mind the recommendation from Gymnastics Canada that coaches under 16 (and possibly under 18) not become certified as this is an adult program and youths with adult training may be treated as adults in the event of any legal issues.

Coaches who have taken the GF course in previous years but were not certified may register to be evaluated on this day as well.

Please contact the office to register.

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Atlantics Dates Announced

Gymnastics Newfoundland is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the 2016 Atlantic Gymnastics Championships. The competition will take place Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, in St. John’s at the NL Sport Centre. More information will follow.

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GPEI Welcomes New Technical Director

Gymnastics PEI is pleased to welcome Freddy Martin as the new Technical Director. A long time coach, Freddy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. He is a certified NCCP level 3 gymnastics coaches as well as hockey and volleyball.

Previously, Freddy ran clubs in Borden, Evangeline, and in Summerside. He still works with the Summerside Saultos club which he ran from 1998-2011, running their satellite programs.

Formerly a physical education teacher, Freddy was the PEISAA Gymnastics commissioner in the 1980s and the zone 2 physical education department head from 1988-2009.

As technical director, Freddy will be responsible for assisting with club development, supporting the women’s and men’s technical committees, overseeing the provincial team program, and organizing coach and judge training.

A big thank-you to Sharon Gareau, the former technical director, for all her years serving Gymnastics PEI and good luck as she takes on full-time responsibilities with her club.

Welcome Freddy!


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2016 Elite Canada to be hosted in Halifax

Canada’s best artistic gymnasts to converge on Halifax for the
2016 Elite Canada competition

OTTAWA (September 22, 2015) – Gymnastics Canada is pleased to announce that Halifax has been selected as the host city for the 2016 Elite Canada Artistic Gymnastics Competition. The competition will be hosted by Gymnastics Nova Scotia, Halifax Alta Gymnastics Club, Taiso Gymnastics Training Centre, and Titan’s Gymnastics and Trampoline Club and will be held at the Canada Games Centre from February 4th to 7th, 2016.

Elite Canada is one of the primary meets at which national team status is determined and brings together the top athletes from across Canada from the novice, junior, and senior categories. In men’s artistic gymnastics the event will help to finalize the national teams for the coming season and will determine Sport Canada AAP carding status of the senior team. In women’s artistic gymnastics, gymnasts in the novice, junior, and senior categories will seek qualification for High Performance status, which gives them the right to compete in those categories at Canadian Championships and to be eligible to be considered for national teams and potential international assignments.

“As we prepare for the Olympics in 2016, every competition in Canada that has the participation of the senior team will be used to consider the eligible athletes that will go to Rio. This event will feature our top athletes who will be getting themselves ready for the final push towards that ultimate goal,” said Karl Balisch, Program Director for artistic gymnastics at Gymnastics Canada.

“We are excited to be hosting this National event in Nova Scotia,” said Angela Gallant, Executive Director for Gymnastics Nova Scotia. “This will give our high performance athletes the privilege to compete at home and it will be an excellent opportunity for supporters to see local athletes such as Ellie Black and Hugh Smith compete as they continue their quest for the 2016 Olympic Games.”

“I don’t know how many times as an athlete I have been asked by my friends and family if I will be competing anywhere nearby and my answer has always been no,” said Hugh Smith, a member of the men’s artistic gymnastics senior “A” team who trains with fellow national team member Ellie Black out of the Halifax Alta Club. “I’ve had so much support from my club, city, and province and it will feel great to be able to perform in front of them in Halifax and to have them cheering for me at home.”

More details on the event will be posted as they become available on


First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit for more information, or follow us @CDNgymnastics

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For more information, please contact:
Julie Forget
Director, Communications & Marketing
Gymnastics Canada

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Gymnastics Foundations Course

Gymnastics PEI will be hosting a Gymnastics Foundations Artistic clinic on Sunday, September 6th & Monday, September 7th. It will take place at the Island Gymnastics Academy from 9:30am-6:00pm both days.

There will be a $130 fee to register for the clinic, which includes all 3 manuals. Please note that GPEI covers 50% of the cost of the manuals. The clinic is open to non-members however, additional fees would apply.

To register, please contact GPEI at vvuillemot @

GPEI would like to acknowledge the support of both the Investor’s Group and the Coaching Association of Canada in the delivery of this NCCP clinic.




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