Congratulations to coaches Janice Hicks and Alice Ma who recently completed their Level 3 NCCP certification.

Great Job!!!

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Congratulations to Academy coaches Shannon Rhead, Sara MacDonald and Grant Dever who successfully completed their Level 2 technical coaching certification.  The course was held last weekend in Halifax, NS.

GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!!!

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Island Gymnastics Academy Recognized by Gymnastics Canada as Top National Club in the Country

The Island Gymnastics Academy recently won a prestigious national award from Gymnastics Canada. The Ed Brougham Club Award- Category 2 has never been awarded to any club east of Ontario. The Academy’s selection for this award is a tribute to the club’s demonstration of exceptional services and outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of the sport of gymnastics.

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 The criteria for the award included the number of various disciplines and programs offered by the club, community contribution in areas of governance and leadership, event hosting, number of members and club growth, level of coach education and certification, competitive success up to the national level, and contribution to judging development.

A Not for Profit (incorporated in 1981), Island Gymnastics Academy has grown to be one of the largest and most successful sport programs in PEI.  They currently have over 1000 registered gymnasts up from 600 in 2005, and they continue to expand. Programs include all levels of recreation and competitive gymnastics, a satellite program in Montague, a Special Olympics class, cross training with synchronized swimmers, and classes for all ages and abilities; from toddlers right up to adult. The Academy is well-regarded nationally for the quality of its highly trained coaching staff and employs numerous NCCP Level 3 staff and two Level 4 coaches. The club also employs 8 full-time and 20 part-time staff.

 The club has hosted Canadian Gymnastics Championships twice, Eastern Canadians twice, Atlantic Championships nine times, countless provincial and invitational meets, as well as hosting the Prince Edward Classic for the past 30 years. The PE Classic is the largest meet in Atlantic Canada with over 500 gymnasts competing. Board and committee contributions by club members have included Gymnastics PEI, Gymnastics Canada, the PEI High Performance Coaches Committee and Sport PEI. The Academy has the only two gymnastics Learning Facilitators on PEI and has hosted every level of NCCP certification course since 1980 including the Level 4 module following the 2011 Nationals. The club has also hosted every men’s and women’s judging course for PEI. In addition, the Academy provides judging for the local school meets each year.

Academy gymnasts have a long history of competitive success including several National team members: Matthieu D’Amour, Scott Chandler, Brett Martin and Parker Ramsay. International competitions have included events in Bermuda, United States, Belgium, and Japan. Sport PEI also awarded its highest honour, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award to two Academy athletes: Scott Chandler in 1992 and Matt D’Amour in 2009.

 In 2011, the club purchased $100,000 in new equipment and donated $60,000 worth of used equipment to three PEI clubs and thirteen Island schools. The majority of the equipment was donated to Summerside Saultos, which enabled this club to move into a full-time facility. With the administrative, technical and financial support of Island Gymnastics Academy, the club has thrived in Summerside and continues to grow.

 “We are really proud to be chosen from so many great Canadian clubs. Our contribution to the gymnastics community and sport leadership is being recognized as top of its class in the country. It’s a first for an Atlantic club.” says Head Coach Jim Rand.

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32nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

Outstanding Gymnasts Named at Annual Awards Banquet

At the Island Gymnastics Academy’s recent Annual Awards Banquet, the club’s top gymnasts were honored for the 2013-2014 season.  Gymnasts were selected from each training group based on competitive results, work ethic, level of improvement over the year and sportsmanship. Participation medals were also awarded to the Academy’s Mini Tumblers to recognize their dedication and achievements in the pre-competitive program.

It was a busy year for the Academy’s competitive teams, who travelled to numerous competitions in the region as well as events in Bermuda, Dallas, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary.   Island Gymnastics Academy also hosted the 2014 Atlantic Championships, and led team PEI at the Eastern Canadian Championships in Oshawa and the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Ottawa. The club’s programs continue to grow with over 1000 registered gymnasts.

In the women’s program, award winners included Annika Landry, Victoria Zakem, Jacquelyn Taylor, Katie Gaudet, Rae-lee MacDonald, Natalie Haddad, Bria Gallant, Karisa Quinn and Ella MacDougall.

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The men’s program winners included Issac Bourque, Gabriel Ing, Simon Burns and Scott Chandler.

“We have a lot of talented athletes in our competitive program. This was a very rewarding year and we continue to build on our success.” adds Head Coach Jim Rand.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR ATHLETES!!!!

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International Level Coaches on PEI for Training Camp

PEI’s Canada Games 2015 women’s gymnastics training team will take part in a training camp on June 21-22 as part of their preparation for team selection next fall. Hosted by Island Gymnastics Academy, the camp will also include coach education sessions open to all PEI coaches and a training session for Level 3 and 4 girls.

Guest coaches will be Nick Blanton Nick Blantonand Carola Baker. Blanton is currently Head Coach of Fundy Gymnastics in Saint John, N.B. His many accomplishments include his role as the director of International Gymnastics Camp in the U.S., and coaching numerous National Team gymnasts in Great Britain. He is also a highly regarded clinician and gymnastics expert. Baker is a NCCP Level 4 Master Coach who has produced numerous national champions. She graduated with High Honours from the Seneca College Coaching Program and was herself a Central European AA silver medalist.

“ Our local gymnasts and coaches always learn so much from these training camps. We really value collaborating with coaches from other clubs. It’s an important part of our training program.” says Sharon Gareau, Technical Director of Gymnastics PEI.

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A big THANK YOU to all of the fantastic volunteers who helped make this year’s Gymstrada such a wonderful success!!!!!

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Congratulations to our athletes and coaches for putting on such a great show!!  and a SPECIAL thanks to Galina for her wonderful choreography!!

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Island Gymnastics Academy Athletes Celebrate with Annual Gymstrada

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Gymnasts from the Island Gymnastics Academy will perform their annual gymnastics dance and tumbling extravaganza, Gymstrada, at UPEI on June 6 and 7.  An Academy tradition for over twenty-five years, the year end show features both recreational and competitive gymnasts from pre-school to National level.  The competitive girls will feature numbers choreographed by Galina Terentieva, who directs the dance program for the club.

 “Each year our Gymstrada gets even better. I am always impressed by how entertaining the show is. ” says Recreation Director, Shelley Parker.

 Island Gymnastics Academy continues to expand its programs and registered over 1000 gymnasts this season. The performances run at 6:00pm on Friday and 11:00 am on Saturday and are open to the public.

Gymstrada 2014 Event Program

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